Queensland’s chief health officer reaffirmed the state is on track to ease the remaining restrictions at the end of the week after reporting another day of zero locally acquired cases on Tuesday.
But Dr Jeannette Young said her preference was for those in the Sunshine State to continue wearing masks when they can’t socially distance, while masks are mandatory at airports.
“That was agreed nationally,” the CHO told reporters on Tuesday morning.
“Once you go into an airport precinct, indoors or outdoors, you will have to wear a mask going forward. So that will continue even when the other restrictions are removed on Friday.
“And on planes, the same thing, once you go on to a plane, you will need to wear a mask.”
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The Sunshine State recorded three new cases acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine, which includes two flight crew workers. Relevant airlines have been informed of the infection.
“We are testing all flight crew now when they come into Queensland,” Dr Young said.
“We’ll let the national incident room know about the flight crew and they’ll let the relevant airline know so that they can manage that.”
Greater Brisbane remains under a mask mandate and restrictions are in place after a cluster emerged at a hotel quarantine facility.
Residents will have to continue to wear a mask in a number of indoor settings and gatherings remain restricted until at least 1am on Friday, but Ms Palaszczuk said the continued success of containing the outbreak meant those restrictions would likely ease at that point.
All guests who were quarantining at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, as well as staff and travellers previously released from the hotel, were rushed back into isolation last week amid fears a highly contagious variant of the virus had spread through the facility.
Many have since been released.
The state notched two weeks from the beginning of the hotel outbreak on Saturday, leaving Dr Young confident the cluster had been contained.
“We are now day 14 since I believe that incident happened at the Grand Chancellor that led to those infections in the hotel,” she told reporters on Saturday.
“We’ve got the people who have been related to the cleaner and her partner, so we need to be very clear we don’t mix those two groups together.
“But this is all very good news. It means that, I believe, due to very quick work by a lot of people and by the people of Greater Brisbane that there is every chance we have contained this cluster.”