The Ipswich Civic Centre is now able to expand its capacity for live shows as COVID-19 restrictions continue to wind back.
The centre’s COVID Industry Safe Plan has been amended to accommodate 356 patrons at shows held at the Ipswich Civic Centre, three times as many as under previous restrictions.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said it was great news for the entertainment industry and Ipswich residents.
“It is great to see venues in the entertainment industry are now able to welcome more patrons back into seats,” Mayor Harding said.
“This will provide a crucial boost to our local economy.
“We continue to support and work with local and regional performing artists to bring the best entertainment available to Ipswich.”
Sporting fields around Ipswich are now activated with the majority of clubs fielding teams in a successful return to training and competition.
“As we move into summer we are pleased to see the summer sports returning, a clear indication that despite the challenges of restrictions, active and healthy lifestyles are as important as ever to our residents,” Mayor Harding said.
Other restrictions now relaxed include gatherings of up to 40 people are now allowed in homes and public spaces across Queensland with 40 people also now allowed to dance at weddings with a COVID Safe Plan.
Dancing is permitted at school organised Year 12 formals and aged care resident excursions are now possible.
The next stage for easing of restrictions is due to be decided at the end of the month.
Stage 5 from 1 November has been outlined as borders relaxing with visitors and returned travellers from New South Wales entering Queensland with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine, provided community transmission ins under control.
Looking further ahead Stage 6, which is currently mapped out for 1 December, gatherings may increase to 50 people, unlimited dancing at weddings with a COVID Safe Plan and further review of other dancing restrictions.
The plan also includes an increase on the maximum number of attendees permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Events Checklist from 1,000 to 1,500.
However, if there is community transmission in Queensland, measures may include reduced gatherings, increased testing, wearing of masks and further restrictions put on aged care, hospitals and corrections among other measures.
Queenslanders who are self-isolating or in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic can now access support with a $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
The payments are also available to people who cannot earn an income because they are caring for someone who has COVID-19.
To claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment call 180 22 66 or access information here.