FULL GUIDE: What you can do on the Coast this Easter
NO CAMPING at Double Island Point, no big family gatherings and no in-person church services. This Easter long weekend will be like none other.
Sunshine Coast residents are gearing up for an isolated celebration, with intimate backyard barbecues and plenty of kids' activities to keep them entertained.
Authorities have warned day trippers and travellers they are cracking down on anyone ignoring public health directives, preparing to dish out huge fines to rule breakers.
But for locals the Sunshine Coast will be the perfect place to spend the weekend, with "tantalising" conditions, record low seafood prices and plenty of takeaway options.
Here is everything you know about spending this strange Easter on the Coast.
- Pretty much all Sunshine Coast beach carparks will be closed after Mayor Mark Jamieson announced council was aiming to prevent people from gathering in public places.
- All bottleos are closed from midnight tonight. You will still be able to buy alcohol on Easter Sunday and Monday, but Queensland laws strictly state no takeaway liquor can be sold on Good Friday.
- Several national parks in Queensland are closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions. That means no morning walks up Mt Coolum, through Noosa National Park or up one of the Glass House Mountains.
- Most major supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday, including Coles, Woolworths and Aldi. But you'll still be able to get bread and milk (and last-minute gifts from the Easter bunny) at smaller, independent grocers.
- All non-essential businesses are closed as per the Federal Government's social distancing directives. Sunshine Coast cafes and restaurants will still be serving delicious takeaway meals if you can't get to the shops. Here is a list of Sunshine Coast cafes still serving takeaway.
WHERE YOU CAN GO
- Police are cracking down on people visiting the Sunshine Coast and will be targeting drivers up and down the Bruce Highway. So don't think about trying to squeeze in a nice drive.
- If you live near the beach and don't have to drive, you can still go for a walk. Just don't stop and sunbake.
- The Queensland Police Service says you're allowed to leave your house for work, exercise, essential goods and services, medical care and to escape harm.
- You can see family for Easter as long as there's a maximum of two visitors entering a household. According to police, you can only have two visitors no matter how many people usually reside in your home.
- Experts have urged residents not to go for a drive, visit grandparents or take the boat out to avoid another spike of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Many beaches have been closed and Surf Living Saving Queensland is not patrolling beaches.
- You can't go to an Easter Sunday service as churches will not be allowed to open to the public. But some will be broadcasting services over the internet. Check your local church.