Gladstone avoids lockdown, tracing underway

Queenslanders to carry a mask when leaving home as contact tracers scramble to contain COVID cluster

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Gladstone avoids lockdown but six sites have been identified by contact tracers.

Gladstone avoids lockdown but six sites have been identified by contact tracers.

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The infected man is believed to be from Gladstone and returned home to visit family over the weekend.

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Gladstone has not joined Brisbane's three-day lockdown as contact tracers work to identify key locations in the regional centre.

Anyone who has visited the following sites has been ordered to get tested and isolate immediately.

  • March 25 - Gin Gin Bakery 1.26pm-1.33pm
  • March 25 - Miriam Vale Roadhouse and Caravan Park 2.35pm-2.45pm
  • March 26 - Spinnaker Park Café 10.22am-11.23am
  • March 26 - Coles Stockland Gladstone 12.09pm-12.33pm
  • March 26 - BWS Stockland Gladstone 4.46pm-5pm
  • March 26 - Auckland House 7.23pm-9.30pm
  • March 27 - Auckland House 7.33am-8.20am

The health advice follows the visit of a COVID-19 infected man from Brisbane, who travelled to the central Queensland city between March 25 and March 27.

The man is believed to be from Gladstone and returned home to visit family over the weekend.

Close contacts of the infected person who visited Gladstone have all returned negative test results according to Queensland Health.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has increased fever clinic hours and will open a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at the Palm Drive/Blain Drive Sporting complex from 6.30am to 6pm on Tuesday, March 30.

Gladstone Regional Council has not been advised to enter Brisbane's three-day lockdown by Queensland Health but is asking anyone that has visited Greater Brisbane since March 20 to adhere to lockdown restrictions.

Masks for all Queensland

Queensland Health have directed all Queenslanders to carry a face mask when leaving the house, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
    • hospitals and aged care facilities
    • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
    • churches and places of worship
    • libraries
    • indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise*)
    • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can't physically distance)
    • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport
    • airports and travelling on planes.
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise*)
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can't physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise*)
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can't physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise*)
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can't physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

Masks mandates do not apply to children under 12 years.

Agricultural businesses react

Teys Australia has advised its Biloela plant will continue to operate with a lower throughput while conducting employee contact tracing exercises in response to the Gladstone case.

There has been no direct contact with employees, however a Teys Australia spokesman said Queensland Health has asked staff to stay home and get tested.

The slowdown of trade for regional and rural businesses in Queensland comes on the day JobKeeper officially ends.

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