Parks and businesses busy again on first weekend of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in Logan

Josh Clarke, Michael Kippax, Java Kippax and Mahali Pullen at Flagstone Water Park on the first weekend of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
Josh Clarke, Michael Kippax, Java Kippax and Mahali Pullen at Flagstone Water Park on the first weekend of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.

Families returned to parks and restaurants hosted dine-in customers again as Logan took the latest step towards COVID-19 recovery on the weekend.

Jimboomba businesses reported a busy morning on the first day of further relaxed restrictions, with increased foot traffic on Saturday morning as people went back to the shops.

The Jimboomba Central car park was full as people returned. It was a similar story at Coles on Cusack Lane, and at Flagstone's supermarket on Homestead Drive, where parking was at a premium.

Mr P's Bakery owner Michael Petersen said relaxed restrictions could go either way for his business. Locals looked to go further afield, but word-of-mouth brought visitors from elsewhere to the bakery.

"The weekends are usually our busy times," he said.

"But we had been struggling because of [previous] relaxed restrictions, as many people wanted to go out of town.

"We had someone from Greenbank, and we had a lady from the north side of Brisbane come in.

"And we had a few motorbike riders on Sunday.

"Several people have come in, relaxed and had a coffee and something sweet."

The bakery opened just nine weeks ago, and Mr Pietersen said its continued success was a wait and see prospect.

"Time will tell," he said.

"Everyone is still a bit dumbfounded by what's going on. It's like a dream.

"We're plodding along, just keeping our head above water.

"We are still offering the community something, and the community is supporting us."

Families enjoyed a nice return to Flagstone Water Park as the kids were back on the play equipment after weeks of lockdown.

Park Ridge woman Java Kippax was relieved the kids could get to the park again.

"We just came out here to let the kids have a run around," she said, while the adults relaxed at a picnic table.

"It's the first time they have been to the park for seven weeks.

"They're having so much fun running around."