Brisbane lockdown lifting at midday just in time for Easter.
More than two million Queenslanders will today be released from lockdown in time for Easter, after just one new locally acquired COVID case in the state.
A number of temporary safety measures will remain in place for all of Queensland for a fortnight, but the lockdown will lift as of midday Thursday.
"So for the next two weeks from 12 noon today until Thursday, 15 April, all Queenslanders will be required to carry a mask when they leave their home. We will also ask you to wear those masks in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and supermarkets, indoor workplaces, public transport," said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
"Anyone attending food or beverage establishments, so if you’re out there going to a restaurant or cafe or a pub, you must be seated. We have to go back to the seating... Gatherings at your home right across Queensland will be restricted to 30."
Palaszczuk says the decision to lift the lockdown at 12pm is to ensure dangerously busy traffic doesn’t build up on roads as people try to escape the city to go on Easter holidays.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has described the new infection recorded on Thursday as the "perfect case".
"This was one of those participants in that party that happened at Byron Bay. So when the person came back to Queensland, they went into quarantine and they were tested on Monday night and they were negative on Monday night. Then they were tested again Wednesday morning when they were positive. So they have been in quarantine during their infectious period. So a no risk at all. So definitely a linked case, but also that additional bonus that they're in quarantine. And that was our one community-acquired case. And the reason I can be reasonably confident that we're managing these two outbreaks is the amount of testing," she said.