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8 October, 2021

Covid restrictions ease, but masks still needed

Restrictions are set to ease from 4pm today (Friday) across south-east Queensland after the state was able to control another Delta incursion.

While restrictions have eased, people in south-east Queensland are still required to carry a mask at all times in case they can’t socially distance.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the easing of restrictions was possible because Queenslanders were doing the right thing and prioritising the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.

Restrictions will ease in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Gold Coast, Palm Island and Townsville.

They include the following:

  • Up to 100 people in homes;
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals;
  • Dancing is allowed, including at weddings (indoors and outdoors), subject to the one person per 2m2 rule;
  • 100 per cent capacity at ticketed venues with allocated seating;
  • Visitors are permitted at aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability accommodation.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said with the easing of restrictions, masks must still be worn in the 11 LGAs of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa and Scenic Rim.

“While you no longer have to wear masks at all times, please make sure you carry one whenever you leave your home,” Dr Young said.

Mask wearing requirements:

  • Carry a mask at all times in case you can’t socially distance;
  • You must continue to wear masks indoors unless you’re seated;
  • However, for hospitality venues, masks only need to be worn for entry and exit;
  • Masks should be worn at all times on public transport and in ride shares.

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