Queensland authorities are working to “quite rapidly” return to a normal way of life from COVID-19 restrictions, with the Premier today announcing ANZAC Day events could go ahead “as normal”.
It comes as the state records another day of no new cases and the vaccine roll out ramps up.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced ANZAC Day services, parades and commemorations will be held as normal this year.
Last year’s restrictions saw thousands of Queenslanders stand on their driveways and light candles to pay their respects.
“Initially we were looking at alternative venues, whether we could do the march around a stadium, around the EKKA, and when we presented this to Dr Young, Dr Young said, ‘Everything can go ahead as per normal, as in the past’, so this is fantastic news,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This is going to mean a lot to families and veterans.”
Tony Ferris, President of RSL Queensland, said he was “overjoyed” by the news and anticipated the parade to be bigger than ever this year.
“The fact that we now have ANZAC Day back, it’s hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck stuff,” Mr Ferris said.
“The communities and our veterans will now be able to step out with their comrades and continue down the path of remembering those veterans who have served, those who have given everything and those that are currently still serving.”