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Face Masks Will No Longer Be Mandatory in Most Situations in Queensland From July 16

Queensland's restrictions are easing again, so you'll only need to wear them at airports and while flying.
By Sarah Ward
July 12, 2021
By Sarah Ward
July 12, 2021

In a bid to contain the most recent coronavirus outbreak, the Queensland Government mandated the wearing of masks across southeast Queensland in late June, and then extended that requirement in Brisbane and several other parts of the state until mid-July. Accordingly, wearing a mask has been part of daily Queensland life throughout this month so far — until 6am hits on Friday, July 16, that is.

At the moment, if you're spending time indoors somewhere other than your house, you need to wear a mask. They must be worn in all indoor spaces other than your home, all indoor workplaces unless it is unsafe to do so, on public transport, in taxis and ride share vehicles, and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.

But, from 6am on Friday, July 16, covering your face will no longer required unless you're at an airport or you're flying. The Queensland Government still advises that folks should carry a mask with them, though, to use in crowded places when you're not able to social distance.

The change was announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today, Monday, July 12, alongside a number of other easing restrictions. Queenslanders will be able to as many people as they like over to their houses, dancing is back on the cards and more people will be allowed inside hospitality businesses and entertainment venues.

The usual requests regarding social distancing, hygiene and getting tested if you're feeling even the slightest possible COVID-19 symptoms still apply, though — as they have since March last year.

For more information about the status of COVID-19 in Queensland, head to the QLD COVID-19 hub and the Queensland Health website.

Published on July 12, 2021 by Sarah Ward


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