Residents of Queensland are getting ready for a weekend of fun activities as the restrictions on coronavirus are relaxed.
The state registered its fifth day of zero new cases of coronavirus, with only eight people testing positive in the past week.
With a total of 1,033 confirmed cases, 943 were recovered and six died.
On Friday afternoon, a throuple was spotted enjoying the warm weather as they roamed the streets of Queensland for just a day before restrictions were relaxed.
Other residents walked around wearing face masks while shopping for essentials at grocery stores and drug stores.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk praised Queenslanders for their efforts and said they should be proud of the curve flattening.
“Thank you very much for that great joint effort and we all help, we all help, and this weekend is of course really crucial,” she said.
“I really hope everyone acts responsibly.”
On Friday afternoon, a ‘throuple’ was spotted wandering the streets of Queensland for just a day as the restrictions eased
A woman wears a protective mask while walking past a fashion store in Brisbane on May 1
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk praised Queenslanders for their efforts and said they should be proud of the curve flattening
As of Saturday, citizens are allowed to make non-essential trips within 50 km of their home.
Parks and picnic areas are expected to be one of the major destinations for many who have been stuck for weeks.
Shopping is also allowed and even sitting on a park bench is allowed.
However, people should stay with their own household and those who are single are allowed to hang out with other people.
However, students continue to learn remotely until May 15, when another announcement is expected to slowly bring them back to school.
Chief health officer Dr. Jeannette Young urged Queenslanders to take social distance and only go out when necessary.
“Queenslanders are reminded to stay at home and stay in their suburbs as much as possible when doing essential activities such as going to the supermarket or exercising,” she said.
A cyclist with a protective mask drives past a Flight Center store in Brisbane on May 1
A woman wearing a protective mask at the Tourist House Discount Souvenirs store in Brisbane on May 1
A Zara store has been closed to the public due to the coronavirus and pandemic of COVID-19 disease in Brisbane
A COVID-19 public health message can be seen at the entrance to a Chemist Warehouse in Brisbane
Prime Minister Palaszczuk also approved the opening of the state borders in time for the NRL and for hosting games.
This ensures that Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans players do not have to move to NSW when the season resumes.
pinned the Queensland border for next month’s NRL restart so that Brisbane, North Queensland and Gold Coast would not move to NSW.
“The only condition was that it did not compromise our excellent work with the spread of COVID-19 and the Chief Health Officer advises that the NRL plan is workable,” said Palaszczuk.
Clint Gutherson of the Eels in action during the Round 2 NRL game between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on March 22, 2020 in Gold Coast
Broncos’ David Fifita celebrates after scoring a try in the round 1 NRL game between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos on March 13
On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison also praised all Australians for their ability to flatten the curve and made the decision to relax the rules.
“Australians earned an early score for the work they did,” he said.
Mr Morrison is eager to restart the economy and move forward as positive test rates have remained below zero in recent weeks.
“We have to restart our economy, we have to restart our society. We can’t keep Australia under control, we have to keep going, ”he said.
The extensive testing capability, stimulating tracking via the COVIDSafe app, and preparing the health system for infections to rise pave the way for relaxed disabilities.
The national cabinet is confident that these conditions have been largely met, allowing leaders to proceed with changes to the rules more quickly.
More than 3.5 million people have downloaded and registered the contacts tracking app.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media on Friday, May 1, during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra
Brendan Murphy, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, speaks at a news conference on May 1
Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy pushed for more filings, as the number of people on board was not enough to make the scheme effective.
“We need to have the app shot up before we can say the last piece of the contact tracking puzzle is there,” he said.
Mr. Morrison said going back to the pub would rely on people signing up for the app.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,766
New South Wales: 3,025
Western Australia: 551
South Australia: 438
Australian Capital Territory: 106
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 6,766
“If that’s not an incentive for Australians to download COVIDSafe on Friday, I don’t know what it is,” he said.
As of Friday, NSW allowed two people to visit another household, while Victorian maintains the restrictions.
The Northern Territory has announced they will reopen shops, cafes and restaurants soon, with pubs expected to open on May 15.
Western Australia could follow the Northern Territory, while Tasmania eases heavy local lockdown measures in the northwest of the state following an outbreak.
South Australia has also achieved a major victory with no new cases discovered in the past nine days.
Australia has a total of 6,766 positive cases of coronavirus, of which 5,743 have recovered.
In total, 93 people have died from the deadly disease so far.
An iPhone displays the CovidSafe app released by the Australian government on Tuesday, April 29, 2020