In order to halt any potential spread of the UK COVID-19 strain that has been recently detected in a Brisbane hotel quarantine worker, from 6pm tonight (Friday 8 January) to 6pm Monday 11 January the Greater Brisbane Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Logan, Redbank, Ipswich & Moreton will be locked down.
Importantly, the Premier, Chief Health Officer and the Minister for Health also announced in this morning's press conference that anyone who has been in the Greater Brisbane area from 2 January onwards and has then moved around the state is also required to isolate from 6pm tonight to 6pm Monday with the same restrictions applying. For travellers, the Greater Brisbane area DOES include the Brisbane Airport.
If you have guests already staying with you (both in accommodation and privately) who have been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January, these people are asked to stay where they are and isolate for the lockdown period.
People will only be permitted to leave their home during the 3-day mandatory isolation period 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 need to be worn everywhere in indicated Local Government Areas, except if people are at home.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms at all, please get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.