Additional leave announced for Queensland Health staff 

Published: 17 September 2020


The Queensland Government has announced restrictions on gatherings will ease on the Gold Coast and Darling Downs from 8am Thursday 17 September 2020, with more than two weeks since new COVID-19 cases were recorded in these communities.  
This means limits on gatherings in these areas will be lifted from 10 to 30 people in homes and outdoors. 
Visitors will now be permitted at hospitals and aged care facilities, and mandatory extra personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals will also be lifted. 
Health Minister Steven Miles has flagged restrictions could also be eased in Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich if the cities continue to record no new cases. 

Aged care restrictions lifted 

In addition, from 8am Thursday 17 September 2020, the following areas will no longer be considered restricted areas for the purposes of the Aged Care Direction: 

  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire 
  • Goondiwindi 
  • South Burnett Region 
  • Southern Downs Region 
  • Toowoomba Region 
  • Western Downs 
  • Gold Coast City 

This means the additional requirements in Part 3 of Aged Care Direction (No.10) will no longer apply to residential aged care facilities in those areas, and facilities may accept visitors when they are ready to do so.
Restrictions continue to apply to aged care facilities in the following areas:  

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • Somerset Region.

While the easing of restrictions is promising, we must continue to remain vigilant and follow health advice. Check our Coronavirus website for latest updates and information.