Coronavirus QLD: Life slowly returns to normal as restrictions eased
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles has confirmed just one new COVID-19 as Queenslanders step outside to embrace the eased restrictions.
Restaurants and cafes can now have up to 10 people dine in, while groups of 10 can congregate outside for recreational purposes as the state emerges from isolation.
The eased restrictions also saw exercise classes returning to the city’s New Farm Park, where fitness trainer Chris Tuck coached his first group in 10 weeks. “It’s awesome to be back together again feeding off each other’s energy,” he said of the six people he had just finished training.
Many families are also out and about as children clamber into playgrounds that had also been closed to control the spread of the virus.
“She is loving it,” mother-of-two Jo Williams said as she pushed her four-year- old daughter Hannah on a swing in the same park.
“Both the kids have missed the outdoor activity and interacting with children.”
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed earlier today the state has had one new COVID-19 case overnight.
It comes in the wake of fears over a potential cluster at a Rockhampton aged care home, where a nurse continued to work while awaiting results of a test and displaying symptoms.
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Mr Miles said 193 tests were carried out yesterday following confirmation of the case, with 114 residents among that number, as well as staff and members of the public who may have come into contact with the nurse.
Up to five people are now allowed to visit a home, while groups of 10 people can congregate outside for exercise or recreational purposes.
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The case at a 115-bed facility in Rockhampton has been described as a “perfect storm” for a cluster to emerge.
There are now just 13 active cases across the state.
Restaurants, cafes and beauty salons are reopening across Queensland today as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across the state.
Up to 10 people can now attend a wedding, while up to 20 people are permitted at indoor funerals, and 30 at those held outside.
Some 115 residents and 180 workers at the Rockhampton aged care facility are being tested for COVID-19 following the diagnosis of the nurse.
Chief health officer Jeannette Young said it was “very unfortunate” the woman went to work at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre while she was unwell.
“We’re clarifying what exactly happened there,” she said on Friday.
Health minister Steven Miles said the last active case of coronavirus in Rockhampton was believed to have been resolved on May 1.
“This just serves to underline that even after cities have long periods of time without active cases, things can turn very, very quickly,” he said on Friday.