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Queensland is Reopening to Queenslanders from 1 June 2020

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Further easing of Queensland's restrictions from 1 June 2020
Queensland's roadmap to reopening has been accelerated with announcements today on the lifting of a number of restrictions from noon on 1 June 2020.

Updated easing of restrictions has been announced to take effect from noon on 1 June 2020
Updated easing of restrictions has been announced to take effect from noon on 1 June 2020. Image courtesy of the Queensland Government


The first of these concerns unlimited travel within all of Queensland, except for those places restricted by the bio-security act. Statewide travel by road, rail, and air will now be possible, including overnight stays and camping. The lifting of these restrictions is happening in time for the Queensland winter school holidays, and aims to support the recovery of Queensland's tourism industry with "Queenslanders supporting Queensland".

Camping will now be permitted during the winter school holidays
Camping will now be permitted across the state during the winter school holidays


Further, as a result of the reduction in COVID19 cases in Queensland, residents are being encouraged to consider places within their state that they've always wanted to visit and to do so within social distancing and hygiene guidelines. This includes the activities so loved by many Queenslanders such as 4x4 driving, exploring via road trips, and hiking within the State regardless of the destination's distance from a person's home.

Travelling to trails within the entire state will now be permitted, regardless of the distance from home
Travelling for recreation within the entire state will now be permitted, regardless of the distance from home


Additionally, other gatherings will now be permitted with up to 20 people. This includes weddings, gyms, restaurants, bars, and church services, although up to 50 people will be able to attend funerals. Further, from 5 June larger gyms, churches, restaurants, and bars with an industry approved COVID safe plan will have the option to partition their space to allow more patrons to attend through the use of additional spaces with up to 20 patrons in each.

Restaurants will now be able to have groups of up to 20 seated patrons at a time
Restaurants will now be able to have groups of up to 20 seated patrons at a time


Queensland's remote and vulnerable Indigenous communities have seen no cases after following strict social distancing guidelines, and the Queensland Government will facilitate talks between those communities who wish to open and the Federal Government to lift their restrictions. Elective surgery, originally restricted due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment, will also continue to increase over the coming weeks. Further, community sporting events will be open for up to 20 spectators per field.

To support the easing of these restrictions and help avoid a second wave, Queenslanders are asked to continue to practice social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from each other, to continue practising hand hygiene, and to limit gatherings to 20 people or less in order to support rapid contact tracing should a positive case be identified. The next meeting to consider the lifting of further restrictions will be held at the end of June with announcements for the next steps following them.

Queenslanders supporting Queensland through socially distant, but unrestricted, travel
Queenslanders supporting Queensland through socially distant travel and tourism
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When: From 1 June 2020, until further announcements
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