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Queensland records zero new cases

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Sunday as the state prepares to further ease restrictions.The Sunshine State has eight active cases after recording two new infections on Saturday from overseas travellers who were already in hotel quarantine.On Tuesday, a number of restrictions will be eased as Queensland continues to return to normal.Weddings will be…

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Sunday as the state prepares to further ease restrictions.

The Sunshine State has eight active cases after recording two new infections on Saturday from overseas travellers who were already in hotel quarantine.

On Tuesday, a number of restrictions will be eased as Queensland continues to return to normal.

Weddings will be able to host 200 people and the number of guests allowed to dance is unlimited from Tuesday.

Funerals will also be permitted to have 200 people, while restrictions are also eased on movie theatres and live music, with the gap between performers and the crowd reduced from four metres to two metres.

Outdoor events will be able to host up to 1500 people, stadium capacity at sporting events will increase from 75 per cent filled to 100 per cent and Queensland residents can host gatherings of up to 50 people in their homes or in a public space.

Restrictions for indoor premises will ease, allowing one person per two square metres and outdoor dancing at events such as music festivals.

The increased numbers will come into effect in time for Wednesday’s State of Origin rugby match between Queensland and New South Wales.

Last Friday, the Prime Minister confirmed all states other than Western Australia had committed to opening borders in time for Christmas.

“That is a plan to have Australia open … with the exception of Western Australia,’’ Scott Morrison said.

“The plan importantly embeds public health metrics in ensuring that when Australia opens safely, that it remains open safely and that is incredibly important.”

Mr Morrison said the work of the National Contact Tracing Review, which identifies additional metrics that are needed to stay on track, would help deliver further protections to keep Australia open.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Friday that her state was on track to relax travel bans on more states.

“Of course, there is a national aspiration, of course, to have the borders open before Christmas,’’ she said.

“In relation to Victoria, we’re very encouraged with what’s happening down there. And we will be looking very closely at the end of the month at Victoria, and also New South Wales. There may be some hot spots. Dr Young will assess this at the end of the month. But we are very encouraged with what we are seeing in Victoria at this stage.”

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