Restrictions ease for south east and Townsville as Qld records no new COVID cases
South east Queensland and Townsville will return to Stage 3 restrictions as the state records no new cases of coronavirus, both locally or from overseas travellers.
It means from 4pm afternoon, Local Government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island will come into line with the rest of the state.
But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says health authorities are continuing to monitor Queensland's Covid situation carefully, urging anyone with symptoms to continue getting tested.
Yesterday, 15,704 people were tested for Covid-19.
BREAKING: Some restrictions will ease in parts of Queensland following another day with no cases detected in the community.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 8, 2021
We will continue to monitor the situation carefully to keep Queenslanders safe.#covid19 pic.twitter.com/EfELiDqj5X
Residents in these areas are also being encouraged to keep a hold of their masks, which Ms Palaszczuk says are "very, very vital" to stopping the virus from spreading.
"Where you can't socially distance indoors, wear a mask. We would suggest that you continue to wear these masks when you are going into shopping centres, when you go onto public transport," she says.
"Also, if you are going inside to a cafe, or restaurant or pub, you wear your mask going in. You check-in, and then you don't need to wear your mask.
"If you are feeling compromised and you can't socially distance, then of course it is on you if you want to put that mask on."
Mask-wearing rules are also changing for schools.
Starting next week, students and teachers are being asked to wear a mask when entering the school room.
Teachers can remove their masks when they are teaching, and students can remove their masks when they are seated.
Cafés and restaurants will return to 1 person per 2m² indoors and outdoors, and stadiums and events can have full capacity.
Up to 100 people can gather in homes, with no limit for people gathering in public spaces, and up to 200 people can attend funerals and weddings.
Visitors will be permitted at aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service centres.
Dancing and pubs, clubs and weddings will also return.