Queenslanders are stepping outdoors into a sunny new reality with the state on the cusp of being free of COVID-19.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has significantly eased restrictions on gatherings, with the number of known active cases able to be counted on one hand.
The new found freedoms come five weeks after a new virus outbreak began at a Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, which peaked at 55 cases.
Almost the entire state is forecast to enjoy warm and sunny conditions on Saturday, with the lowest high set to be 23C in Stanthorpe.
Dr Young encouraged Queenslanders to get outdoors, and open the windows of their homes.
"Try not to shut yourselves in with air conditioning, remembering of course that we also need people to be cool," Dr Young said.
"But wherever possible I strongly recommend that people move their lives, as much as possible, outdoors."
But Queenslanders may not end up sharing the sunshine with their NSW neighbours from October 6.
NSW has reached 17 days of the 28 days required for a border to reopen, but a new locally-acquired COVID-19 case in Sydney has put that doubt.
The potential setback comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged the federal government not to withdraw the Australian troops from the state's borders, including airports, on October 1.
Ms Palaszczuk says her state is being singled out as troops will remain on the borders of NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory well into October.
"Treat Queensland like everyone else. Stop singling Queensland out," the premier said.
Queensland had just five active virus cases on Friday morning, and if no new community transmission is recorded overnight it will have gone 16 days without such an infection.
Two new cases emerged on a ship off the coast of Cape York, but they won't be counted until they enter Queensland.
Authorities will also further relax restrictions on social-distancing for outdoor venues from October 1.
Australian Associated Press