Queensland will again ease COVID-19 contact restrictions from Mother’s Day to allow up to five family members from a household to meet with a relative this Sunday.

“We don’t think that will increase risk. It’s about one household going to another household,” Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young said.

“If you’ve got different households coming together, try to keep that social distance.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the move was because “Queensland has been doing such a great job”.

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“I really want to thank Queenslanders for a great job that they have been doing right across our state and I think this is going to be welcomed by families, especially on Mother’s Day, starting this Sunday,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

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Dr Young said the 50-kilometre limit on travel would also be lifted “if you’re visiting another household”.

“But you can’t go out into that community. You can only go to that residence, visit there, and leave,” Dr Young said.

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“You can’t go shopping, you can’t go to the beach.”

Dr Young said there were two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed overnight, and that 4,665 Queenslander had been tested in the past 24 hours.

She said Queensland only had 50 active cases, eight of whom were in hospital.

Dr Young said despite a “few little breakouts” with the first easing of restrictions last weekend, people were getting the message.

“All of these things are dependent on people hearing the message and continuing to do the great job they’ve done,” she said.

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“If all of a sudden we end up with a lot of problems or a lot of cases, then we’d have to rethink, but I expect that won’t happen.

“This is all part of our strategy to get society, as much as possible, back to as much as it can do.

“It won’t be where we were pre-COVID, that won’t happen for quite a while down the track, but we’ll gradually see things moving back towards normal business”.

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