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Queensland schools to start partial reopening from next week as COVID-19 restrictions ease

By November 14, 2020 No Comments
School students across Queensland will be back in the classroom by the end of May, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.
Kindergarten, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 will go back to school from May 11, with a decision about further returns to be ruled on by May 15.
“I understand that it’s been a lot of stress on everybody,” she said.
“We know that there may be some hiccups along the way but this is a measured and responsible plan that we’re taking to the Queensland community.”
Any rise in cases between now and then would see plans change.
“Hopefully we’ll have all of our schools back and hopefully it will be without incident,” Ms Palaszczuk added.
“If there is an outbreak or if there’s community transmission then our plans may change, I have to be honest about that.”
Three more people were diagnosed with the virus overnight after recently returning from overseas.
A decision on when further students will return to classrooms will be made on May 15.(AAP)
The schools announcement is yet another step in the push to ease restrictions imposed around the state in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the weekend people were free to travel up to 50km from their home to shop, visit a park or go to the drive-in.
However, they could only move about with members of their household and social distancing measures had to be maintained.
Queensland Police ended up issuing 146 fines for breaches and found evidence of “reckless and terrible behaviour”.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll said officers were dumbfounded after being called to the same noisy Gold Coast party house twice in two days.
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