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Groups of Five Queenslanders Can Visit Friends and Family in Their Homes from This Sunday

Five people from one household will be able to visit another household — just in time for Mother's Day.
By Sarah Ward
May 07, 2020
By Sarah Ward
May 07, 2020

Mother's Day is usually a time for family gatherings. Think brunches, barbecues, roasts, leisurely lunches and just generally spending the day with your mum. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebratory occasion will play out a little differently than usual in 2020 — however, if you're a Queenslander, you'll still be able to enjoy the day with your nearest and dearest. Well, at least some of them.

From this Sunday, May 10, groups of up to five people from one household will be able to visit another household — an increase from the current limit of two visitors per residence. As announced today, Thursday, May 7, by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, it's a reward "because Queensland has been doing such a great job", with the focus firmly on families.

As Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young explained, "it's about five people, maximum, of one family group, one household group, going to another household group". The five-person limit only applies to homes — not to other venues or spaces — and it doesn't cover people from more than two households. So, two people from one household and three people from another household can't both visit a third household at the same time.

There's no limit on the number of people who live in the household receiving the visitors, though — so if you live with four other people, and all five of you are going to visit a household with six residents, that's acceptable.

That still won't allow plenty of families all gather together at once, but Dr Young suggests that people split up their visits — as receiving multiple visits from different households during the same day will also be allowed. "I'm sure there's a lot of mums out there who'd love to see one household in the morning and another in the afternoon and another in the evening," she noted.

With Queensland's new cases of COVID-19 remaining low — with just 12 confirmed in the past seven days, from a total of 1045 cases since the pandemic began — the State Government is slowly beginning to ease back stay-at-home and social-distancing requirements. Queenslanders can now leave home for select recreational purposes, ranging beyond essential activities, and the state is considering allowing bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen in June.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

Published on May 07, 2020 by Sarah Ward


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