Brisbane's three-day COVID lockdown ends

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The Greater Brisbane lockdown has ended after only one new case of community transmission was recorded in Queensland.

The single case is linked to an existing cluster and has been in quarantine during their infectious period.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the key factors in relaxing the stay-at-home restrictions before Easter were high testing rates and no unlinked cases in the community.

"If you have plans, the lockdown is lifted from 12 noon today," she said on Thursday.

"Easter is good to go."

Several restrictions remain in place for the whole state during the next 14 days.

Queenslanders must wear a mask when indoors except when eating and drinking and must be seated in restaurants and pubs.

Gatherings in homes are capped at 30 people and visits to hospitals, aged care and disability facilities and prisons are not allowed apart from end-of-life situations.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young described Thursday's new case as "perfect".

She confirmed it was another guest at a Byron Bay hen's party who tested negative on Monday before returning a positive result on Wednesday.

She said testing rates during the lockdown had been "astronomical", with more than 34,000 tests in the past day.

"We can be reasonably confident we don't have other trains of transmission ... in the community," Dr Young said.

More than two million Queenslanders will be free of the stay-at-home restrictions that came into force on Monday, as the state tried to contain two separate clusters linked to healthcare workers.

The lockdown was due to end at 5pm on Thursday, but was brought forward to midday.

Ms Palaszczuk said the new deadline would help manage traffic as Queenslanders departed for the Easter break.

"Please look out for each other on the roads, take your time," she said.

Greater Queensland was also revoked as a hotspot by the Northern Territory's Chief Health Officer.

Queenslander's will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine in the Northern Territory, and those already quarantining may exit.

The hotspot in the Byron Shire Council remains, and the NT will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation in northern NSW.

Tasmania is maintaining travel restrictions with Greater Brisbane and will reassess in 48 hours.

Small to medium businesses are estimated to take a hit of between $12,000 and $65,000 due to loss of stock and trade across the three-day lockdown, according to a Queensland Chamber of Commerce survey.

With the JobKeeper 'safety net' gone, the chamber's general manager of advocacy and policy Amanda Rohan wants to see more support from the state government.

"This could be a mechanism similar to the disaster recovery arrangement that exists when environmental disasters hit our state," Ms Rohan said.

The state opposition wants to see relief in the form of a "COVID cash flow" support program for businesses that lose trade or perishables as a result of restrictions.

It also floated the use of dining vouchers and payroll tax deferrals or waivers as well as liquor licensing and gaming fee relief.

"It's not acceptable for the treasurer to say it's only been three days, too bad so sad," opposition leader David Crisafulli said on Thursday.

"Those three days have impacted businesses right across the state, whether they were subject to the lockdown or not, and they will continue to impact businesses right across the state for this Easter holiday period."