The money will also boost the 13 HEALTH phone service and continue non-urgent elective surgeries.
"Combined with the payroll tax deferrals we've already announced, it means no Queensland business impacted by COVID-19 will need to make a payroll tax payment this year".
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said today's stimulus package is in addition to recently announced initiatives, including the dedicated small business hotline (1300 654 687) which has seen around 2000 business contacts so far.
"For small and medium businesses and large businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19, we will refund two months' worth of payroll tax".
"For small and medium businesses, we will refund two months' worth payroll tax, putting an average of nearly $9000 into the hands of each one of these businesses".
More than 12,000 businesses will also get a tax holiday for the next three months.
"That $2.5 billion includes a package of up to $500 million to assist workers who lose their job or income and to help them find jobs in the industries that are vital to getting us through this crisis - health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining".
Spanish army finds abandoned dead bodies in old people's homes
Spain is now the second hardest hit European country after Italy and has so far reported 28,603 confirmed cases and 1,756 deaths. Around 2,850 soldiers have been mobilised to disinfect airports and ports, and transport patients to less crowded hospitals.
Mourinho needs more time at Spurs — Dimitar Berbatov
Tottenham has stopped training until next month, and the Premier League will not return until April 30 at the latest. Tottenham now sits eighth in the Premier League and are seven points away from a Champions League place.