Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Source: The Express Newspaper
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  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Easter holiday plans can go ahead, with Brisbane’s snap lockdown lifted
  • The state recorded 10 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, but only one of the 10 cases was acquired through community transmission
  • Brisbane will emerge from the snap three-day lockdown at midday on Thursday, but some restrictions will remain in place
  • Specifically, all Queenslanders will be required to wear a mask for the next two weeks, while limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will be reintroduced
  • The State’s Deputy Premier has also hit out at the Morrison Government’s vaccine rollout plans, accusing it of falling behind
  • Steven Miles comments come as Federal frontbenchers take aim at state and territory leaders, blaming them for the slow rollout

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Easter holiday plans can go ahead, with Brisbane’s snap three-day lockdown lifted.

Announcing the news on Thursday morning, the Premier revealed the lockdown would end at 12pm AEDT.

“Easter is good to go,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

The announcement comes after Queensland recorded 10 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, but only one of the 10 cases was acquired through community transmission.

The Premier said the two main COVID-19 clusters in the city can now be managed without a lockdown, but some restrictions will need to stay in place.

“For the next two weeks, from 12 noon today until Thursday, 15 April, all Queenslanders will be required to carry a mask when they leave their home,” she explained.

“We will also ask you to wear those masks in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and supermarkets, indoor workplaces, public transport,” the Premier added.

Limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will also be reintroduced, while border restrictions will also be lifted.

“Anyone attending food or beverage establishments, so if you’re out there going to a restaurant or cafe or a pub, you must be seated,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

“If you are coming to Queensland, you’ll have to abide by these restrictions in terms of mask-wearing, just as the same as everybody else,” she added.

Meanwhile, the State’s Deputy Premier used today’s press conference to hit out at the Morrison Government’s vaccine rollout plans, accusing it of falling behind.

“Only a third of aged care residents have been vaccinated and almost no aged care workers have been vaccinated so far,” Steven Miles argued.

“Similarly, very, very few residents of support disability accommodation have been vaccinated and for those reasons, we need to maintain those lockdowns for 14 more days until those vaccination levels are increased,” he added.

The comments come after several frontbenchers within the Federal Government blamed state and territory leaders for the slow rollout of the jabs.

“Our biggest issue with the vaccines at the moment is to make sure that the states and territories rollout the supply of the vaccines that they have,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said.

Senior MP David Littleproud also told Nine News that the states “just need to pull their finger out”.

“They have done three-fifths of bugger all,” he added.

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