Recent Brisbane visitors subject to snap lockdown

Regional Queenslanders in Brisbane since January 2 to lock down

Coronavirus
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Regional Queenslanders who have been in the greater Brisbane region on or since January 2 are required to observe the same lockdown procedures as those in the capital.

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The Greater Brisbane region subject to the three-day lockdown.

The Greater Brisbane region subject to the three-day lockdown.

Regional Queenslanders who have been in the greater Brisbane region on or since January 2 are required to observe the same lockdown procedures as those in the capital.

A spokesman for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that people who had been to Brisbane in the last six days were viewed as though they were in Brisbane, and would need to isolate for three days.

The Premier and Health Minister Yvette D'Ath issued a joint statement on Friday morning announcing that Greater Brisbane would go into lockdown for three days from 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Monday, January 11.

"We're also asking anyone who was in Greater Brisbane on or since January 2, to follow the same lockdown rules where they are now," Ms Palaszczuk said. "Only leave your home for the essential reasons and wear a mask."

Related: Warwick, Stanthorpe urged to get COVID tests

The snap lockdown is being undertaken to stop the spread of a highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19, to which a cleaner at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane has tested positive.

Contact tracers are working to ensure the UK strain is not circulating in the community.

According to the Premier's statement, people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Legal obligations
  • Visit for end of life
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions

Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for takeaway and delivery services.

Funerals will be restricted to 20 people and weddings to 10, including the celebrant and two witnesses.

All essential businesses will remain open.

People with any symptoms at all are asked to get tested immediately and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result.

"There are no second chances with this pandemic," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"That's why I'm asking people to have a long weekend at home.

"We have learned from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales that a short, sharp lockdown is better than a long one and this a more contagious strain.

"Three days is better than 30."

Ms Palaszczuk once again called on Queenslanders to protect each other.

"All we can do is stay home and stay safe and please get tested," she said.

List of restrictions

The full list of restrictions include:

All businesses that can remain open must adhere to one person per 4 square metres, and a maximum of 20 to 50 people for businesses operating under a COVID Safe or Industry Plan.

  • No more than two visitors to the household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household), excluding care workers or volunteers
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway and delivery services only
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close
  • Places of worship to close
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 10 people, including the celebrant and witnesses
  • Funerals involve a maximum of 20 people
  • Mandatory mask wearing anywhere outside of your home
  • No visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.
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