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11 November, 2021

Restrictions to end for vaxxed at 80%

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a range of measures that will see vaccinated Queenslanders able to enter many more public spaces than their unvaccinated counterparts.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio receiving his vaccination.

Pubs, clubs, nightclubs and music venues will be freed of all restrictions provided all patrons and staff are fully vaccinated.

The measures take effect from December 17 or once the State reaches 80 per cent of eligible Queenslanders fully vaccinated and will affect everyone 16 years of age and older.

Ms Palaszczuk said the measures are a greater measure of protection once borders re-open.

“Soon our borders will open and COVID will be in our communities,” she said. “This is about keeping our freedoms.”

From December 17, entertainment venues including live music and karaoke bars will be for vaccinated staff and patrons only. 

Government-owned galleries, museums and libraries will be for the vaccinated only.

There will be no COVID limit on weddings where all attendees are vaccinated.

Police will enforce the requirements of the venues.

Visitors to Aged Care, Hospitals, Prisons and Disability Services will be required to be vaccinated except in end of life, childbirth or emergencies.

As Queensland prepares to re-open its borders, Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio is again urging residents to get vaccinated.

“We’ve managed to do an exceptional job to keep COVID out of our community, but with the borders re-opening soon, there is no doubt the risk to Queensland and this community will increase,” Mayor Antonio said.

“You only have to look at what’s happened in Goondiwindi over the past week to realise there could be cases pop up.

“Fortunately for Goondiwindi, the community has a high vaccination rate and as such, has managed to avoid a larger outbreak so far.

“To make sure we’re also prepared for any future risks, I implore all residents who are able to, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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