‘Some relief’ as Queensland and WA begin to lift restrictions

Queensland and Western Australia have begun relaxing restrictions following a continued decline in Covid-19 infections.

While Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said no national restrictions would be lifted until at least May 11, state and territory governments are free to make their own decisions in some areas.

In WA, the two-person rule has been lifted, with indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 10 people now allowed.

Non-contact recreational activities, including picnics and fishing, are also back, as part of a “cautious relaxation” of some Covid-19 restrictions

“The changes announced are sensible and reasonable and are designed to provide some relief for Western Australians,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.

Queenslanders can now visit national parks, head out for a drive or on boat, have a picnic and shop for non-essential items.

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned that restrictions would be reintroduced if there are increased mass gatherings.

“The first sign of a spike, we will not hesitate to clamp back,” she said.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to back this first step so we can keep the virus away and help everyone start to get their lives back.

“I know this isn’t returning life to normal again but we are still in the midst of a pandemic and we still have to be careful.”