The cheering in Queensland stadiums will be a little louder from next weekend, as the State Government further loosens coronavirus restrictions.
Speaking on the pitch at Lang Park, Health Minister Steven Miles said up to 10,000 fans would be allowed in time for Saturday’s clash between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans.
“Beginning next weekend, our stadiums will be allowed to have up to 25 per cent of their usual crowd capacity, up to that cap of 10,000 that was set by the Prime Minister and National Cabinet,” Mr Miles said.
“Queenslanders have earned this reward.”
The increase in crowd capacity at stadiums follows a trial run yesterday, with 2,000 fans allowed at Lang Park and the Gabba under COVID-safe plans.
But while Queensland footy fans enjoy more freedom, the State Government is clamping down on visitors from Victoria, in the wake of a rise in coronavirus cases there.
Victoria recorded 19 new cases overnight, the fifth day in a row of double-digit increases.
Chief health officers around the country are meeting today to discuss the outbreak, but already Queensland Health has declared 36 local government areas in Victoria coronavirus “hotspots”.
“All of greater Melbourne is now considered a hotspot,” Mr Miles said.
“What that means is that anyone who travels there and returns to Queensland … will be required to quarantine for 14 days”.
Despite Victoria extending its state of emergency by another four weeks, the Queensland Opposition is still calling for Queensland to reopen its borders on July 1.
“There is no medical advice that says the borders should be closed,” Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said.
“Right now in Queensland, we are losing a thousand jobs a week, up to $170 million a day.
“The Premier has asked us to flatten the curve. We’ve done that. Now it’s time to restart the economy.”
But the Health Minister dismissed the calls, branding them “reckless”.
Mr Miles said the Government would continue to assess the situation in Victoria as it moved towards the July 10 date on its roadmap to open interstate borders.
Queensland reported no new COVID-19 cases overnight.
The state has three active infections, with one patient in hospital.