Get ready to party! Annastacia Palaszczuk gives 2021 Schoolies celebrations the green light after weeks of uncertainty thanks to Covid
- Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast will go ahead for first time since 2019
- Fears festivities wouldn’t go ahead after two mystery Covid cases in the region
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has since assured popular event is ‘good to go’
Thousands of Year 12 students have been given the green light to let their hair down and party to celebrate the end of their school years.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the state’s popular Schoolies celebrations can go ahead in the coming days.
There were fears the official celebrations on the Gold Coast wouldn’t go ahead for a second consecutive year after the region recorded two mystery Covid-19 cases last week.
Ms Palaszczuk confirmed the festivities will go ahead as planned after Queensland recorded no new cases in the last 24 hours.
Official Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast will go ahead for the first time since 2019 (pictured, revellers at the last end of school celebrations)
‘Schoolies is good to go!’ the Premier told parliament on Thursday.
‘The chief health officer has advised he is confident that the two cases on the Gold Coast have been contained and there has been no further community spread.
‘I want to thank the Gold Coast community for coming out and getting tested.’
Ms Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the state’s 53,000 school leavers.
‘I want to pay tribute to these inspirational young Queenslanders who have completed their final two years of schooling under the shadow of Covid,’ she said.
‘They have had many events cancelled, and have had to learn to adapt and simply get on with it. You don’t get nearly enough credit, so I’m saying it now – congratulations you made it.’
The Queensland Premier confirmed the state’s Schoolies celebrations can go ahead
Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast were cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic
A fully vaccinated Uber driver tested positive last week after being infectious in the Gold Coast community for three days as the region recorded an unlinked second case, a man, 32.
‘At this stage we’re not doing anything more in regards to restrictions on the Gold Coast. But we are worried because Schoolies is coming up,’ acting chief health officer Dr Peter Aitken said at the time.
‘If we can get through the next week, I’m quite confident Schoolies would be just fine.’
Ms Palaszczuk added: ‘We don’t want to cancel Schoolies… But it’s going to depend on what happens over the next seven days.’
Queensland currently has 11 active cases across the state as the Sunshine state prepares to reopen its borders to NSW and Victoria next month.
More than 83.21 per cent of Queenslanders aged over-16 have rolled up their sleeves for at least one jab while 71.60 per cent are now fully vaccinated.
The first week of Schoolies on the Gold Coast begins on Saturday.
Schoolies festivities in Western Australia also get underway next week, where revellers are banned from taking bags to events.
The ban was introduced by Leavers WA, a joint venture between the state government and police to minimise harm to participants.
Thousands of school leavers will flock to Surfers Paradise this weekend for Schoolies