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Jabs and jab-nots: Premier reveals joys of being jabbed, penalties for non-vaccinated

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Queensland will drop restrictions on fully vaccinated people and businesses, and restrict all hospital visits for unvaccinated people, once 80 per cent of eligible people are fully vaccinated in the state.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says when Queensland hits the target, or December 17 at the latest, businesses and hospitality venues will be able to operate without any COVID-19 restrictions provided all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people will be barred from hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities, except in emergency or end of life situations, once 80 per cent of Queenslanders are vaccinated.

“This is both a reward for the fully vaccinated and a proportion for when the borders open and we will see more more cases in our community and people deserve to know that they can go to these places and that they are safe,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.

“So this is our next step in keeping Queenslanders safe.”

Meanwhile, Queenslanders won’t have to wear face masks at all once 80 per cent of residents have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine later this week.

Commonwealth figures show at least 79.6 per cent of Queenslanders 16 years and over have had their first dose and 67.4 per cent are double-dosed.

Palaszczuk says masks won’t need to be worn or carried in 11 local government areas in the heavily-populated southeast when the single dose figure hits 80 per cent.

“This is another small step back towards life as normal,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Queenslanders have done an incredible job all through the pandemic and this is their reward. The more of us who are vaccinated, the faster we return to life the way it used to be.

Currently, masks must be carried at all times and worn when people couldn’t socially distance in Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gold Coast and Scenic Rim.

They are also mandatory on public transport, when arriving and leaving venues and stadiums, and at schools for students and teachers when they were not seated or teaching.

The face mask mandate will remain in force in all airports and on planes in Queensland in line with federal rules.

Queensland recorded no new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and one in hotel quarantine after 8121 tests.

QUEENSLAND’S COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AT 80 PER CENT VACCINATED:

Hospitals, aged and disability care providers and prisons:

* Fully vaccinated people will be free to visit.

* Unvaccinated can only visit for childbirth, end of life or emergency situations.

Venues and events where social-distancing, capacity or density limits will no longer apply when all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated:

* Pubs, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes

* Live music venues, cinemas, theatres or stadiums

* Sports stadiums and theme parks

* Folk, art and music festivals

* Galleries, museums or libraries

* Weddings

Venues and businesses where social-distancing, capacity or density limits will continue to apply:

* Essential and non-essential retail outlets

* Businesses such as gyms or pools

* Public transport:

What is the Queensland government definition of “fully vaccinated”?

* Any person who has had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. There’s no requirement to wait two weeks for full efficacy.

How do people show their vaccination status before entering Queensland venues?

* The Queensland government will upgrade its check-app to allow people to load vaccine certificates on November 19.

* Patrons and customers will check-in with QR codes as usual.

(Source: Queensland government)

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