Deputy Premier on Wednesday confirmed the unvaccinated would not be locked out of venues until December 17, despite previous announcements.
The Queensland government originally said the unvaccinated would face restrictions once the state reached 80 per cent vaccination or on December 17 – whichever came first.
Despite this, Mr Miles backed the decision to delay restrictions for the unvaccinated, saying it would be “unfair” to those who are not yet double vaccinated.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles believes it would be “unfair” to lock unvaccinated residents out when 80 per cent vaccination is reached. Picture: NCA NewsWire / John Gass
“It will also be fairer for people who got vaccinated on the basis that they had three or four weeks in the lead up to the 17th of December,” he said.
“It would have been quite unfair if we’d moved that date and they had a period of time where they couldn’t enjoy those freedoms.”
The comments come as the state prepares to open the border when the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark is reached, earlier than the original forecast date in mid-December.
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Mr Miles said the government’s decision to stick with December 17 for locking the unvaccinated out of venues came off the back of advice from businesses in the state.
“We’ve had significant feedback from the business community that with regard to the freedoms for vaccinated people it would be much simpler for them if that was a fixed date so we are confirming that will be the 17th of December,” he said.
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“This will allow businesses to prepare for the implementation of those new rules those new mandates.”
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The Queensland government previously urged residents to get vaccinated in order to be ready for when the state border reopens but has now given the unvaccinated more time to enjoy freedoms.
Under the roadmap, the unvaccinated will be banned from vulnerable settings, hospitality venues, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, festivals and Queensland government-owned galleries, libraries and museums.
More than 85 per cent of the over 16 population have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The Deputy Premier also revealed the state currently had only three active coronavirus cases.

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