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Picnics allowed on Qld long weekend


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the state will relax some restrictions on the upcoming long weekend (AAP Image/Darren England)

Another three Queenslanders have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as the state looks to relax some restrictions on the upcoming long weekend.

There is a limit on what restrictions will be eased from midnight on Friday, but officials say it's needed after weeks in semi-lockdown.

"We recognise that Queenslanders have done a great job in trying to flatten that curve," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Nine News on Monday.

"So we also know it's having a big impact on people's mental health.

"We thought we could lift some stay-at-home restrictions."

There'll be no change to schools until at least May 15 and the state's borders will remain closed.

But family picnics and weekend drives will be allowed, national parks will reopen and people can shop for clothing and shoes.

However, citizens must stay within 50km of their homes, and social distancing will still be enforced.

People from the same household can go out together, while those who live alone can spend time with one other person.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was keen to see sport start up and had received a proposal from the NRL that is now under review by Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.

However it must be safe for players and communities, she added.

Fewer than 100 people diagnosed with COVID-19 are yet to recover.

Of particular concern to officials is one case confirmed on Saturday, with authorities yet to determine where the patient contracted the illness on Brisbane's north side.

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