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Queenslanders allowed to go mask-free

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Coronavirus restrictions are easing earlier than expected in Queensland, meaning from 6am tomorrow we don’t have to wear a mask and can visit loved ones in aged care homes.

The state-wide mandate to wear a mask indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible was introduced more than two weeks ago after two COVID-19 clusters in Brisbane.

Restrictions were due to wrap up at midday tomorrow, but today the Premier has announced she is ending them six hours early.

It comes after the state recorded two new coronavirus infections overnight, both are returned overseas travellers from Papua New Guinea in quarantine hotel.

While people no longer have to carry a mask with them at all times, Annastacia Palaszczuk is still encouraging people to wear a face covering if they can’t socially distance while in shopping centres and on public transport.

“I know it has not been easy over these last two weeks.

“People have had to wear their masks, but wearing a mask keeps everyone safe.”

Other restrictions easing

People can now have a drink while standing up at a pubs, cafes and restaurants, and dancing is allowed at nightclubs and weddings.

You can have 100 over at your home for a gathering, and people can gather outside without restrictions.

Music festivals will, however, have to have a COVID-19 safe plan.

Visitors will be permitted at aged care and disability care homes, hospitals and correctional facilities.