Easter back on the menu, Brisbane's lockdown lifted

Statewide restrictions remain as the Premier lifts Brisbane's lockdown

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Statewide restrictions remaining in place until April 15.

Statewide restrictions remaining in place until April 15.

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Restrictions will remain across all of Queensland for two weeks until noon on Thursday, April 15.

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Easter has been resurrected for Queensland with Brisbane's lockdown set to end at 12pm today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there has been one new community case of COVID-19 in the state, linked to a known cluster.

Queenslanders broke testing records for the second day in a row, with more than 34,000 tests conducted in a 24 hour period on Wednesday.

Ms Palaszczuk said that the criteria for the lockdown to be lifted was met by Queenslanders.

"Those two preconditions is that there needed to be no unlinked community transmission and the second was high testing rates. Well, I can also thank Queenslanders because Queenslanders have come out in their thousands to be tested," she said.

The one new case was already in isolation after attending the hens party in Byron Bay. The person tested negative on Monday night and returned a positive test on Wednesday.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said it was the "perfect case" of community transmission and has given Queensland Health the confidence to lift Brisbane's lockdown.

"They have been in quarantine during their infectious period. So are no risk at all," Dr Young said.

"That was our one community-acquired case. And the reason I can be reasonably confident that we're managing these two outbreaks is the amount of testing. The amount of testing over the last 48 hours has been astronomical."

Restrictions remain across the state

Restrictions will remain across Queensland until noon on Thursday, April 15, but Ms Palaszczuk said the state is not "out of the woods yet".

Restrictions:

  • Masks must be carried at all times and worn in all indoor venues
  • All hospitality venues can reopen, no dancing allowed
  • Private gatherings restricted to 30 people
  • All outdoor events must have a COVID-safe plan
  • All church services can go ahead with 100 per cent capacity
  • Restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disabilities and prisons remain

Dr Young said statewide restrictions were needed to keep Queensland safe.

"People in Brisbane after the lockdown can go anywhere in the state. So then that risk goes with them," she said.

"Two weeks of restrictions across the whole state will keep our whole state safe. And I genuinely believe that wearing masks, sitting down when you're eating and drinking, protecting our most vulnerable, and limiting people to 30 in their home, is actually not a big requirement for the safety it gives us."

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