Queensland is easing four more coronavirus restrictions from this afternoon after a 36-day stretch of no community transmissions — two people tested positive in the past 24 hours but both are in hotel quarantine.
Health Minister Steven Miles said stage five would be brought forward, as a “reward for Queenslanders”.
From 4:00pm today, people will be able to gather in groups of 40 in homes or in the community, Year 12 students will be able to dance at school formals, 40 people will be able to dance at weddings and aged care residents will be able to go on excursions.
“We are doing this in a graduated way, testing throughout the incubation period, at least 14 days each time to make sure that each easing hasn’t had an impact on our ability to control the virus,” he said.
There are now four active cases after 4,738 tests overnight, including 204 in Townsville, where COVID-19 has been detected in the wastewater.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said of the two cases detected overnight, one was a miner who had returned from Africa and was in hotel quarantine in Cairns.
The other person returned from the United States and was in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.