Queensland COVID restrictions: Changes to gatherings but masks remain NSW border closure announced

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Restrictions in Queensland will ease on Friday but its border will also close to all of New South Wales as the state battles an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta strain of the virus.

Acting Premier Steven Miles announced the eased restrictions after revealing there were no new COVID cases in the state on Thursday.

From 6am on Friday, the restriction for at-home gatherings will increase to 100 people, while outdoor gatherings will be unlimited.

The two-square-metre rule will return for hospitality venues and visits to aged care facilities, disability care facilities and hospitals will increase.

The number of people allowed at funerals and weddings will also increase from 100 to 200.

Masks will remain mandatory for southeast Queensland for another week.

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Capacity at large stadiums will be capped at 75 per cent, with patrons now required to wear a mask, except when eating and drinking in their seats.

“We know (wearing masks) has protected us,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“I am positive the reason we have not had community spread recently is because people have genuinely been wearing their masks.”

Hotspot declaration

However, the Queensland border will close to all of NSW from 1am on Friday, except for border communities, Miles announced.

The entire state of NSW is now considered a hotspot, he said.

Authorities had already shut the border to Greater Sydney and areas of regional NSW.

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The border zone includes the local council areas of Ballina, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Byron, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Moree Plains, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated Far West and Walgett.

The closed border will be in place for about a month but will be reviewed earlier if NSW’s COVID situation improves.

There are currently more than 1000 people in quarantine across Queensland, with 26 active cases across the state.

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