Qld restrictions ease in time for Origin

Nick Gibbs
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Queensland sporting venues will be allowed to reach maximum capacity in time for next week's State of Origin decider in Brisbane as part of a series of COVID-19 restrictions to be eased from 4pm on Tuesday.

Capacity in pubs, restaurants and places of worship will double as the one person per four square metre rule relaxes to one person per two square metres, while gatherings in homes and public spaces will increase from 40 to 50.

Ticketed seated venues for live music and theatre will also increase from 50 to 100 per cent capacity, and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young urged people attending to wear a mask on entry and exit of sellout events.

Performers can reduce the distance from the audience from 4m to 2m, except choirs which remain at 4m.

The cap for weddings and funerals will increase to 200, and outdoor events with a COVID safe checklist will rise from 1000 to 1500 people.

Larger events require a COVID-safe plan.

Dancing is also back on the cards for weddings and outdoor music festivals.

In making the announcement on Friday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said "The Cauldron" could be filled to capacity for next Wednesday night's Origin decider, and the increase in capacity for hospitality venues would be a boost for jobs in the state.

Regarding Queensland border restrictions with NSW and Victoria, she said further information was likely at the end of the month.

"In relation to Victoria, we're very encouraged with what's happening down there and we'll be looking very closely at the end of the month at Victoria and also New South Wales," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk also confirmed Queensland would offer an extra 150 quarantine places for international arrivals.