Local markets allowed to operate again


Markets are allowed to operate again on the Fraser Coast but social distancing must be observed.

Fraser Coast Regional Council received confirmation today that the Queensland Government will permit markets to operate as part of the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions that start taking effect from tomorrow (Saturday 16 May).

Mayor George Seymour said Council had received numerous enquiries about when markets could start up again so today’s advice from the Queensland Government would be warmly welcomed.

“Markets are held in a range of locations throughout the Fraser Coast and are popular with both locals and visitors, with stall holders offering an amazing array of farm fresh produce, hand-made craft, artwork, jewellery, clothes and much more,” he said.

“The advice from the Queensland Government is that outdoor and indoor markets are permitted again, but market operators must ensure patrons do not gather in groups of more than 10, with no more than one person per four square metres and social distancing observed.”

Cr Seymour said Fraser Coast playgrounds and skate parks were progressively re-opening from tomorrow, public barbecues and bubblers were being switched back on, and outdoor gym equipment would be available for public use.

“It’s fantastic news that these facilities can re-open, but it is important to remember that gatherings in public spaces must be limited to a maximum of 10 people within one group,” he said.

“Health authorities are encouraging everyone to use common sense and to go somewhere else for the time being if a park or a playground is over-crowded.”  

Cr Seymour also welcomed the lifting of restrictions around access to Fraser Island (K’gari).

“The Queensland Government has confirmed that day trips to Fraser Island are permitted from tomorrow (Saturday 16 May) as long as the island is within a 150km radius of your home,” he said.

“At this stage, you are not allowed to camp or stay overnight on the island, unless it is your principal place of residence or you are staying for a permitted purpose. Beach driving is allowed with a permit.”

More information and the latest advice about the coronavirus and when and how restrictions are easing is available at www.australia.gov.au and www.covid19.qld.gov.au/