Tales of loneliness being experienced by older Queenslanders forced to live in isolation have been laid bare on the floor of state parliament.
Among them is Sally, who is in her 70s and with no immediate family here, can't remember the last time she saw another person in the flesh.
She is just one case shared by Tourism Minister Kate Jones on Wednesday of seniors suffering from the effects of the social distancing rules in force to help keep them safe from contracting coronavirus.
Ms Jones said Sally was feeling lonely amid restrictions that had forced her to stay inside.
"I have no one to do my shopping and I can't remember the last time I saw a human face," she told parliament on Sally's behalf.
Ms Jones also spoke of Deidre, who was in her 60s and didn't have money to buy food until she received her pension, and John, in his 60s, who didn't own a computer.
"I don't know how I'm going to be connected to the outside world while I have to stay at home," Ms Jones said on his behalf.
The stories of the three older Queenslanders were shared to show the human toll COVID-19 is having across the state.
Thousands of volunteers have answered the government's call to help connect with those lonely in isolation. However, an easing of restrictions is not yet in sight.
Queensland health officials recorded a second day of zero new cases on Wednesday as state MPs returned to parliament for one day.
Treasurer Jackie Trad revealed about 130,000 Queenslanders had lost their jobs or had their hours drastically cut through forced business closures.
Officials predict 20,000 businesses have been directly affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, while roughly 166,000 have shown interest in the federal government's JobKeeper program.
Just a handful of Labor and Liberal National Party members have scattered across the chamber floor, where the government is pushing through a multibillion-dollar economic package.
Sandy Bolton, the independent MP for Noosa, and Jason Costigan from Whitsunday have also been present, along with Katter's Australian Party member Nick Dametto and a number of LNP members in the public gallery.
Laura Gerber, who won the seat of Currumbin for the LNP in a by-election last month, and Lance McCallum, newly elected to the seat of Bundamba for Labor, have taken their seats in parliament for the first time.
The state government is expected to push through special measures tied to the pandemic on Wednesday night.
It includes temporary adjustments to the rental market after a stoush between the state government, landlords, property managers and tenants over measures to manage leases during the pandemic.
They include a freeze on evictions, rental support in the form of grants and specific protections for victims of domestic and family violence.
Parliament has not sat for some of the days initially scheduled for 2020 because of restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the illness.
Premier Annastacia Palasczczuk says if federal parliament sits for three days next month, so too will MPs in Queensland.
She told the chamber on Wednesday she would inform Queenslanders of her position on voluntary assisted dying before the sitting.
A committee of MPs has recommended voluntary euthanasia be legalised.
Australian Associated Press