Premier lifts Brisbane blockade from noon

Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Parasek has declared that “Easter is a good place to go” with the strictest blockade restrictions as it ends at 12:00 pm local time on Thursday, the day before Easter holidays begin.

“After the discussion … the blockade will be lifted from noon today,” Parashekuk said. Told reporters On thursday.

Premier hopes that the Queenslander will be able to move freely from 12:00 pm to avoid or mitigate road accidents and accidents that occur on normally congested roads during Easter.

“I understand many families in Greater Brisbane [region] We’re planning and the last thing we want to see is an accident on the road from 5 pm to evening today, “she said. “So, if you have a plan, the blockade will be lifted from noon today, and I recommend people take care on the road.

“Keep yourself safe and enjoy your time with family and friends,” she said.

This is after Queenslander has met the two prerequisites required to lift the restrictions by Thursday. That is, the number of new community-acquired pneumonia cases remained low and the tests remained high.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Parasheck. Since Wednesday, more than 34,000 Queenslanders have come to the test and only one case of community-acquired pneumonia has been reported. Nine cases were reported in the hotel quarantine.

Parasek called on all leaders across the country to consider lifting travel restrictions on hotspots.

Some restrictions remain for the next 14 days

Queensland Chief Health Officer Janet Young said the state wasn’t completely at risk yet, but decided that a blockade was no longer needed to control the outbreak.

Therefore, Queensland Health declares: The following restrictions It will continue to take place throughout the state until April 15.

  • You should always carry a face mask with you. If you cannot follow the rules of social distance, you should wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces and outdoors.
  • Cafes and restaurants can return to eating and drinking while sitting. I’m not standing.
  • 30 people can gather in your home.
  • 500 people can gather in a public space (outdoor).
  • The wedding can accommodate up to 200 people.

Young said restrictions on individual home guests are important because they are “the place where the infection first occurs.”

She gave an example of an outbreak in Byron Bay. This happened in a private house rented for the last single party through Airbnb, infecting “virtually everyone”.

Business industry response

The Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIQ) welcomed the news, but said it advocated a safety net and more certainty about future limits affecting the business.

“This is great news that Queensland companies can open during Easter and maximize opportunities over long weekends,” he said in a message to members.

CCIQ wants government support for businesses that have been severely affected in hotspot areas that have been forced to close or have been declared closed.

“In this week’s CCIQ member survey, we’ve heard that small businesses expect to lose between $ 12,000 and $ 65,000 due to the loss of stock and trade as a result of the Greater Brisbane blockade,” CCIQ said. I will. “We are currently looking for a COVID-19 hotspot recovery package that can be efficiently implemented to subsidize and fund companies affected by hotspots.”

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