Mask mandate for anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane

Brisbane lockdown lifted but ten-day mask mandate handed down

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Brisbane to end its three-day lockdown tonight and introduce a ten-day mask mandate.

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Anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane since January 2 must wear a mask.

Anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane since January 2 must wear a mask.

Greater Brisbane will end its three-day lockdown as of 6pm tonight after no new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Queensland overnight.

Despite zero cases, health officials are erring on the side of caution, introducing a precautionary ten-day mask mandate for anyone who has visited the region since January 2.

Anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane since January 2 must wear a mask while in public indoor spaces; including shopping centres, supermarkets, gyms, workplaces, taxis, public transport, libraries and places of worship.

A mask must be carried at all times by anyone who has visited Greater Brisbane, but you are not required to wear one while exercising, driving or socially distancing.

The mask mandate will apply until 1am on Friday, January 22.

Brisbane residents can leave Brisbane from 6pm tonight and travel anywhere in the state.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the Greater Brisbane community had been "amazing" during the three-day lockdown.

"When Friday came, everyone knew what they had to do, and I've got to say the compliance and cooperation was second to none," she said.

TSBE Food Leaders Australia general manager Bruce McConnel said the latest lockdown was a reminder to regional businesses that they need to have a plan in response to the pandemic.

"This has highlighted that 2021 has not seen a change in COVID. This is a great reminder for all businesses to be fully aware and not be incognisant of their safety requirements of their own people," he said.

"We've come back from our Christmas breaks very aware of where we need to be from a safety standpoint.

"Regional Australia relies a lot on Brisbane for specialisation and this shows that regional Australia should be looking at how do we grow specialisation in our own areas."

Mr McConnel said the recent COVID response offered a unique opportunity to Queensland's regional hubs.

"Business should look to be more self-sufficient and ask themselves do they need to bring suppliers out of Brisbane or can I be using a supplier in my own regional community," he said.

"This could be really good for regional Australia as business is forced to stop relying on Brisbane to service their needs."

AgForce Queensland was forced to cancel its Toowoomba-based Agricultural Educators Conference in response to the lockdown.

The event, Toowoomba Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educators Conference On Wheels, was set to take place over two days on January 11 and 12.

The annual agricultural event was already redesigned in response to COVID-19, going 'On Wheels' to adapt to the dynamic business environment.

Mr McConnel said the cancellation highlighted the need for agribusinesses to employ staff outside of metropolitan centres.

"One thing this lockdown has shown us is that COVID is not going to be a short term issue and we need long term solutions to handle the impacts this will have in the future," he said.

"AgForce has shown that you should plan things with a COVID plan all the time, and that COVID plan now may mean asking yourself if Brisbane is the right place to have staff."

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