COVID-19 UPDATE | Greater Brisbane 3-Day Lockdown

Today Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Greater Brisbane has been declared a hot spot and will be locked down for three days from 5pm this afternoon. This comes after four new locally COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Queensland, two of which are linked and the other two are unknown at this stage.

The Greater Brisbane zone includes the Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands. The Brisbane Airport is not included as a hot spot and for passenger arrivals to avoid lockdown they must transit directly to their next destination, either onto another flight and not exiting the Brisbane Airport, or into private transport that takes them directly outside of the Greater Brisbane zone.


Restrictions are as follows:

From 5pm today, the following applies to all of Queensland:
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, 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, churches and places of worship, libraries
  • Hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • 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
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.

You can remove your masks to consume food or drink.

*Strenuous exercise is exercise in or above the aerobic zone including high-intensity interval training, cycling, running.

From 5pm today, anyone who has travelled to Greater Brisbane from 20 March:

  • 3-day lockdown - no travel except for essential reasons (essential workers, for essential supplies/groceries in your local area, medical reasons and to exercise in your local area)
  • Only one other person allowed in households
  • Masks must be worn at all times (as above)
  • Exercise with no more than one person not from your household
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants will open only for take-away service
  • Supermarkets will remain open throughout lockdown
  • Schools/day-cares will remain open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children only

Outside of Greater Brisbane from 5pm today:

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs can only open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed
  • Masks are mandatory in public indoor setting where you can’t socially distance (as above)
  • Gatherings in people’s homes, non-residences and outdoor setting are limited to 30 persons in total, including the people you live with

All Queensland aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will also be closed to visitors across the state from 5pm today.

The full list of Queensland's restrictions can be viewed HERE

Queensland's restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday evening and at this stage lift from 5pm Thursday 1 April


BORDERS:

Most State and Territories have this afternoon announced entry requirements only with Greater Brisbane and not the whole state of Queensland. Each State and Territory mandates their own quarantine and isolation requirements for those travelling from a declared hot spot and you can find out more information by clinking the links for each jurisdiction below. Western Australia is so far the only state to reinstate a hard border with all of Queensland from 12.01am tomorrow.


Victoria | ACT | NSW | South Australia | Tasmania | Western Australia | Northern Territory

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