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Though the lockdown will end later today, there will still be strict protocols in place regarding COVID-19 in the Greater Brisbane area from 6pm today to 1am 22 January.

Restrictions in place after the 3-day lockdown

Queensland Health say that from 6pm 11 January, restrictions during the 3-day lockdown will ease in the Greater Brisbane region, which  includes: City of Brisbane; City of Ipswich; Logan City; Moreton Bay Region, and; Redland City.

People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:

Map of the local government areas comprising Greater Brisbane: Moreton Bay, Brisbane City, Ipswich city, Redland city, Logan City

Face masks

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, except in your home. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare
  • airports and travelling on planes.

Queensland Health recommend 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.

Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.

Read about face masks: how to use, wear and change.

Home confinement and movement

Queensland Health say you can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.

Gatherings

  • Gatherings: Up to 20 people in homes and public spaces. This number includes those who live with you.
  • Weddings: Up to 100 attendees. No restriction on dancing.
  • Funerals: Up to 100 attendees.

Businesses and venues

This includes places of worship, conventions centres, etc. There are no restrictions on businesses opening under a COVID Safe Plan.

  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed
  • All businesses may now have:
    • one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors
    • one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.
  • Dancing is not allowed except at weddings
  • Funerals and weddings can have up to 100 attendees
  • The seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres is 50 per cent with a COVID Safe plan
  • The seated capacity of indoor concert venues and theatres is 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is greater, with a COVID Safe plan

Events

Indoor events/sessions within events:

  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 500 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50 per cent seated capacity or one person per 4 square meters (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.

Outdoor events/sessions within events:

  • Fewer than 1000 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • 1000 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local public health unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan.

Visitors to aged care, disability accommodation services and hospital

Restrictions remain in place for visitors to:

Get tested

If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

 


 

Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

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Brisbane Airport green zone breach update

A story The Echo posted this morning about the breach at Brisbane International Airport has been updated as the Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young, has declared the international terminal a venue of concern.

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Anzac Day commemorated across Australia

Anzac Day was a bit different this year because of COVID, but commemorations went ahead across the country.

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Ballina Council debates waiving Seagulls debt

The matter of over $15,000 owing to Ballina Shire Council by the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League for unpaid rates was discussed at council's last meeting.

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Vehicle sanitisation stations roll out

Enhanced safety measures for point to point transport such as taxis, hire and rideshare vehicles are being rolled out in Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore with the opening of three free temporary vehicle sanitisation stations.

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Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

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Northern Rivers COVID restrictions lifting at midnight

NSW Health has confirmed that COVID-related restrictions for the Northern Rivers will be lifted at midnight tonight (Monday 5 April).

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COVID testing encouraged in the NNSWLHD

On Easter Sunday afternoon the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has thanked the community for coming forward in large numbers for COVID-19 testing, with more than 10,000 tests conducted in the region in the past week.

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Face masks for Ballina and Byron businesses

As masks become harder to find across the Northern Rivers following the latest COVID-19 health alert, NSW Health has provided masks for business operators in Ballina and Byron Shires.

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UPDATE: Thousands of COVID tests conducted across northern rivers

The Byron Shire community and visitors have come forward in large numbers for testing following the alert of two COVID positive visitors coming to Byron Bay last weekend.

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