Annastacia Palaszczuk easing restrictions in Queensland as she shuts border with NSW

Queensland is easing restrictions within the Sunshine State as the border with New South Wales is shut from Friday. 

As Sydney residents are banned from exercising outside in groups of more than two people, Queenslanders will be allowed to gather outside in unlimited numbers.

The 100-person outdoor cap is being scrapped despite NSW again having more than 100 daily new case numbers from the more contagious Delta strain of Covid.

People living in Queensland will also be allowed to host a party for 100 people at their home,  with the rules easing just two days after Brisbane won the right to host the Olympic Games in 2032.

Queensland is easing restrictions within the Sunshine State as the border with New South Wales is shut from Friday. As Sydney residents are banned from exercising outside in groups of more than two people, Queenslanders will be allowed to gather outside in unlimited numbers (pictured are spectators celebrating Brisbane winning the right to host the 2032 Olympics)

Queensland is easing restrictions within the Sunshine State as the border with New South Wales is shut from Friday. As Sydney residents are banned from exercising outside in groups of more than two people, Queenslanders will be allowed to gather outside in unlimited numbers (pictured are spectators celebrating Brisbane winning the right to host the 2032 Olympics)

From Tokyo, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queenslanders would have more freedom as the border with NSW was closed for the first time since February.

‘Queensland’s roadmap for easing restrictions has been updated,’ she tweeted, with a link to the Queensland Health’s new rules. 

As of 1am on July 23, all of NSW will be a declared hotspot for the next four weeks as Queenslander grants more freedom to its citizens.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the outbreak in Sydney was ‘particularly concerning’.

‘Across the country we are seeing how much of a risk COVID-19 remains, especially the Delta variant,’ Dr Young said. 

‘The current outbreak in NSW is particularly concerning.

From Tokyo, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queenslanders would have more freedom as the border with NSW was closed for the first time since February

From Tokyo, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queenslanders would have more freedom as the border with NSW was closed for the first time since February

'Queensland’s roadmap for easing restrictions has been updated,' she tweeted, with a link to the Queensland Health's new rules

 ‘Queensland’s roadmap for easing restrictions has been updated,’ she tweeted, with a link to the Queensland Health’s new rules

‘I know it has been challenging but we need to remain vigilant until a much larger proportion of the community is vaccinated.’ 

Only NSW residents in regional areas along the border will be allowed to visit Queensland for health care, work, education, shopping and providing care to someone vulnerable.

NSW recorded a new high of 124 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, taking the state’s outbreak – which began with an air crew driver testing positive on June 16 – to 1,652 infections. 

Queensland recorded zero new cases as of Thursday morning.

As of 1am on July 23, all of NSW will be a declared hotspot for the next four weeks. This will revive a police patrol at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast that was imposed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 (pictured)(

As of 1am on July 23, all of NSW will be a declared hotspot for the next four weeks. This will revive a police patrol at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast that was imposed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 (pictured)(

Acting Premier Steven Miles also confirmed the state had administered two million vaccines so far.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the outbreak in Sydney was 'particularly concerning' as Queenslanders were given more freedom

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the outbreak in Sydney was ‘particularly concerning’ as Queenslanders were given more freedom

‘In order to ease the restrictions as outlined we will close the border to the rest of New South Wales,’ he said.

‘That will mirror the arrangements currently in place with Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

‘There will be a border zone in place for people who live and need to travel within communities around the border. 

‘We will allow that travel for essential purposes.’

The border closures will see restrictions eased throughout Queensland, including gatherings at homes rising from 30 people to 100.

Indoor premises will be able to have one person per two square metres, while there are no limits on outdoor gatherings.

With the NRL moving its entire competition to the state, with bubbles set up on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane, stadiums that can hold more than 20,000 people will now be allowed to be at 75 per cent capacity. 

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