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Stage 3 restrictions lifted

(L- R) Kathleen Donahue, Alyssa McCarthy, Jalirick Schaaf, Alisi Schaaf, enjoying the new lifted restrictions at the Graham Hotel in Mareeba

Today at midday stage three restrictions were lifted across Queensland finally allowing residents to stand at the bar to order a beer and to be able to have up to 100 people at a wedding or a funeral.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced earlier this week that stage 3 restrictions would be lifted one week earlier than expected “Queenslanders’ continued efforts in uniting against COVID-19 means restrictions can ease a week earlier than expected,” The Premier said

Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said: “From July 3, more people will be allowed in more places and to attend more events.”

New stage 3 measures include allowing:

Private gatherings up from 20 to 100 people in homes.

Wedding and funerals attendance increases from 20 to 100 (includes receptions)

Contact indoor and outdoor community sport can start with an approved plan

Indoor sport can have one person per four square metres.

Events of more than 10,000 people requiring a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Stadiums can have up to 25,000 people or 50 per cent capacity whichever number is smaller.

Additional venues such as casinos, nightclubs and food courts can now reopen.

“The four square metre rule per customer applies across the board with no ceiling, and no need to divide customers into smaller groups,” the Deputy Premier said.

“For small businesses, we will relax the four square metre rules, allowing up to 50 customers for a venue below 200 square metres in size, provided they keep a register of customers.  For example, a 100 square metre café can currently have 25 patrons, with five of them in a separate area; now they can have up to 50 patrons,” he said.

Alisi Schaaf and her family took advantage of the new lifted restrictions by stepping into the Graham Hotel in Mareeba for lunch saying “we have been looking forward to this for a while.”

Nuggett Miller and Clay Lingard enjoying a beer at the Graham Hotel after stage three restriction lifted. 

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