Queensland lifts the latest COVID-19 restrictions

The Queensland government has announced the last of the remaining state COVID-19 restrictions will be removed on the advice of the state’s chief health officer.

From 1 a.m. on June 30, visitors to residential aged care centers, disabled accommodations and remedial facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate will also be revoked for staff working in schools, preschool, out-of-school care, kindergartens and daycare.

annastacia palaszczuk (Queensland Government)

The controversial mandate has also been revoked for those working in police guardhouses, juvenile detention centers and airports, which were previously considered high-risk.

“Decisions on mandatory vaccinations are now made by employers,” Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Restrictions that have protected us have been gradually relaxed and today I announce that, on the advice of the Chief Health Officer, we are lifting some of the latter restrictions.”

International arrivals in Queensland no longer need to be tested for COVID-19. (Nine)

The prime minister said vaccination is still mandatory for health professionals, including staff in hospitals, aged care and care for the disabled.

Those traveling from other countries no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Queensland.

The Prime Minister urged Queensland residents who have not yet received a COVID-19 booster shot to sign up and take advantage of the government’s free flu initiative, available until June 30.

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