Australian state of Queensland to relax restrictions on COVID-19

Apr 27, 2020

By SBS en Español

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk announced the easing of restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 starting at midnight on Friday, May 1.

Villagers will be able to travel up to about 50 kilometers away from their residences, although these excursions "are limited to members of their own home."

"We will be able to lift some of the home stay restrictions and I can say that it is a small step and that we really need the public to cooperate 100%," the Labor Premier told reporters on Sunday. 

Highlights

  • The people of Queensland will be able to move 50 kilometers away.
  • They can do family picnics
  • Queenland has recorded 1030 infections, about 3 since last night.

But the premier warned that if mass meetings are held "I will not hesitate to take drastic measures."

Queensland has recorded 1030 confirmed cases, but has only 98 active cases.

Three new cases have been registered since last night.

For his part, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison remarked that Australia was winning the fight against the pandemic, giving way to the lifting of restrictions.

Morrison said that proof of this is the reopening of elective surgery and the return to classrooms, as well as trusting that students return to schools and the reopening of businesses.

"We are definitely on the way back now," the prime minister said.

"We will try to return to some kind of normality."

The relaxation of the restrictions comes after Queensland Independent Schools (ISQ) expressed their desire that 11- and 12-year-olds go to classrooms so as not to be disadvantaged relative to their interstate counterparts.

Schools are currently open only to students of essential workers and vulnerable children, otherwise they remain closed until May 22 in Queensland.

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson stated in his letter to Palaszcuk that every effort should be made to minimize disruption to the continuity of the quality of teaching and learning.

"I also note that in some other states and territories, students in grades 11 and 12 are being encouraged to return to or have returned to schools," he wrote. 

"With Queensland's adoption of the ATAR for entry into tertiary education starting this year, it is important that Queensland students are not disadvantaged compared to their counterparts in other states and territories."

Authorities in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have encouraged their students to return to the classroom, while students from New South Wales will attend classes one day a week beginning May 11.

Palaszczuk has recently expressed that the decision on when students return to school in Queensland will be made before May 15.

ISQ wants any back-to-school plan to include arrangements for rural, regional, and remote boarding students to provide solutions for safe accommodation, as well as for supervisory staff.

Queensland has 22,657 juniors and seniors enrolled in independent schools.

Australian villagers must stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other and meetings are limited to two people unless they are with their family or home.

If you think you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (do not visit him) or contact the national coronary virus health information line at 1800 020 080. If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

SBS is committed to informing the various communities in Australia about the latest developments in COVID-19. News and information are available in 63 languages ​​at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

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