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Queensland deputy Premier Steven Miles. Photo: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

Queensland relaxes COVID rules for aged care, weddings

Larger groups of Queenslanders will be able to hit the dancefloor at weddings after the state clocked up 36 days without COVID-19 community transmission.

Aged care facility residents will also be allowed to go on excursions as the state’s health restrictions were further eased from 4pm on Friday.

“This is a great outcome. Effective from this afternoon, as a reward for Queenslanders, we will be able to, young people at formals, dance again,” deputy premier Steven Miles told reporters on Friday morning.

“Up to 40 people at a time will be able to dance at weddings and residents at aged care facilities and nursing homes will again be able to go on excursions to the beach, to play bingo.”

The move to ease health restrictions was not planned to happen until November 1 on the Queensland recovery roadmap.

It permits the capacity at gatherings at homes and in public places to be increased from a maximum of 30 to 40 people.

Year 12 students will also be able to dance at end-of-the-year events and up to 40 people can dance at weddings with a COVID-safe plan.

Two new cases were diagnosed in Queensland overnight. Four remain active.

One of the cases is a miner who returned from Africa and Papua New Guinea and the other is a traveller who recently returned from the USA.

Both are in hotel quarantine in Cairns and on the Gold Coast.

Health officials completed 4738 tests in the 24 hours to Friday morning.

They remain watchful of the situation in NSW and Victoria ahead of the potential reopening of the border at the end of the month.

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