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‘Smiles are back’ as Qld to scrap masks, restrictions

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‘Smiles are back’ as Qld to scrap masks, restrictions


'Smiles are back' as Qld to scrap face masks and density limits

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Queensland will from next week dump mask mandates in most indoor settings and density limits at most venues as its COVID-19 outbreak fades.

The state recorded five new deaths and 5583 cases in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Tuesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says with the state’s COVID-19 outbreak dissipating, a face mask mandate and density limits can be eased from 6pm on Friday March 4.

“Masks will no longer be required in most settings, you won’t need them at work or in school or at the shops, staff and patrons won’t be required to wear them at cafes, pubs and restaurants,” she told parliament on Tuesday.

“Mr Speaker smiles are back. We can put our masks away.”

She said masks will only be mandatory on public transport, airports, in hospitals, disability care, prisons and aged care in Queensland.

Density limited will also be scrapped for private homes, weddings and funerals and there will be no limit in food courts, hairdressers, gyms, private venues and universities.

A ban on schools excursions, assemblies and interschool visits will also be ditched on March 4.

There are 380 patients in hospital and another 30 in intensive care, with 11 people on ventilation.

The latest figures show that 92.54 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have had one vaccine dose, while 90.61 per cent have had two.