It will be at least June before Queensland’s borders, restaurants and cafes re-open.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ in NSW remain active then it’s unlikely the borders will reopen.
Speaking on Tuesday, the premier said Queensland wouldn’t rush into reopening cafes and restaurants until it was safe to do so.
Ms Palaszczuk admitted she was hopeful at seeing businesses return to normal but the situation needed to be taken “one step at a time”.
“Look, when we’ve got kids back at school, we’ve got parents being able to work more productively at home, it sends a signal we can move to the next stages and get people back into the workforce,” Ms Palaszczuk told Today.
“But let me stress this: You can’t do everything all at once. You’ve got to take it a step at a time, make sure your measures are working, make sure you’re not having outbreaks and then you can keep going forward.”
Despite large crowds of people ignoring social distancing rules at Burleigh Hill on the Gold Coast on Sunday, Ms Palaszczuk believed the much of the community was listening to advice from authorities.
“I think everyone can see what’s happening in the US and what’s happening in Europe. They have had huge numbers of tragic deaths,” she said.
“I think people in Australia understand we are actually living in the lucky country and we have put in lots of measures in place but we can’t unravel everything too quickly.
“We’ve got to be measured and we’ve got to be responsible because these are people’s lives we’re dealing with.”
June has been flagged as a possible reopening date for cafes and restaurants.
“Once we see those hotspots clear of community transmission, that is when I think there will be reason to look at that,” the Premier said.
“We will review our border restrictions at the end of every month,” Ms Palaszczuk.
Ms Palaszczuk said she would soon meet with delegates from the hospitality industry to discuss their return.
“June’s a good ambitious target…I can’t say whether it’s early June or late June,” she said.
Schools will start progressively re-opening from next week with the aim of having all students back to their desks before the end of the month.
Students in Kindergarten, prep and year 1, as well as students in years 11 and 12, will return to their classrooms from May 11, Ms Palaszczuk.
Schools are expected to be fully operational by May 25 and it’s yet another step towards easing restrictions imposed to stymie the spread of COVID-19.
Queensland has recorded three more coronavirus cases to take the state’s tally to 1038.
The new cases relate to people who had recently returned from London and Los Angeles while another had been on an overseas cruise.
Of the 1038 confirmed cases, just 52 are active with 46 located in southeast Queensland.
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