Queensland Schoolies, a chaotic rite of passage for so many of us, has officially been cancelled for the first time ever because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in a presser today (Friday), adding that all major end-of-high-school celebrations would also be cancelled. Gatherings in all permanent and holiday residences in all of Queensland between November 21 and December 11 (Schoolies season) would be limited to 10 people.
“It poses a high risk,” the Premier said via SMH. “Not only the only the people who attend, all the young people, but also all the people they come in contact with, and of course their families and their friends and their grandparents. So we’ve had to take that very tough decision. So there will be, unfortunately, no concerts, no organised events, because there can be no mass gatherings.”
Annastacia went on to clarify she wasn’t saying a holiday for Year 12s was entirely off the cards. "There is nothing wrong with small groups of people finishing school, booking somewhere close to where they live as well," she said. "So long as they actually abide by those rules and regulations that are set in place for hotel accommodation, then there is nothing to worry about."
Cool, but not ideal really when you've been looking forward to Schoolies since probably the day you heard about them. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said she felt Year 12er's pain. “They’ve had a really difficult year,” she said in a presser via 9News. “This is a rite of passage. Your last year of school is such an important year to get you prepared for going out and joining adulthood.”
Also in today’s presser, the QLD Premier extended restrictions currently in place for Brisbane residents to those living in the Gold Coast too. So, both the areas are now restricted to 10 people max in a group indoors and outdoors. The rest of the state can have gatherings of up to 30 people.
Queensland recorded three new cases overnight.
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