Queensland to ease COVID-19 vaccine requirements in some venues
Posted On April 5, 2022
Most venues across Queensland will be open to unvaccinated people as the state eases a raft of COVID-19 restrictions next week.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today that hospitality and tourism venues will be open to “everyone regardless of vaccination status” from 1am on Thursday April 14.
The venues include pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, theme parks, casinos and cinemas, weddings, showgrounds, galleries, libraries, museums and stadiums.
However, vaccine requirements will remain in vulnerable settings such as hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, prisons, schools and early childhood centres.
“It’s time to reunite Queensland,” Ms Palaszcuk said.
“The restrictions we had in place did their job, keeping our community safe and encouraging vaccinations.”
“The time has come to ease some of these restrictions as we return to a new normal… I know it has taken a heavy toll on families and businesses.”
Ms Palaszcuk said more than 95 per cent of Queenslanders aged over 12 are double dosed, which has sparked the easing of restrictions.
Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard said the “virus is not going to go away” and that vaccination is the key to protection.
“As our restrictions are gradually lifted, it will be the vaccination that is protecting us all,” Dr Gerrard said.
He also said there is “clear evidence” that the state has passed the peak of the second wave of Omicron.
“The rates of positivity, the rates of furloughing in staff, the calls to ambulances and calls to helplines, we have solid evidence now we have passed the peak of transmission of the second Omicron wave,” he said.
Queensland recorded 9946 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and eight deaths.
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There are 479 people in hospital with the virus and 15 ICU admissions.