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Greater Brisbane areas affected by lockdown.

Affected areas include Moreton Bay, Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Redland City and Logan City.

The lockdown will begin at 6pm tonight, Friday 8 January, and go until 6pm Monday 11 January.

Exceptions

People in the affected local government areas will be required to stay at home except 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 also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas, except if people are at home. Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service. Funerals and weddings will be restricted to 20 guests.

All essential businesses remain open.

The government says that if people need to leave Greater Brisbane for an essential purpose, such as go to work, return home or access healthcare, movements should be limited for those three days wherever you go.

Get tested

Queensland Health is urging people with any symptoms at all to get tested immediately and quarantine at home a negative result is received.

The full list of restrictions include:

  • No more than two visitors to the household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household), excluding care workers or volunteers.
  • All businesses that can remain open must adhere to one person per 4 square metres with maximum of 20 to 50 with COVID Safe or Industry Plan.
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only.
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close.
  • Places of worship to close.
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 20 people, including the celebrant and witnesses.
  • Funerals involve a maximum of 20 people.
  • Mandatory mask wearing anywhere outside of your home.
  • No visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.

Residents urged to avoid panic buying

In a further statement, Queensland Health is urgently reminding the Brisbane community that supermarkets and essential businesses will remain open during the Greater Brisbane area lockdown.

From 6pm Friday 8 January to 6pm Monday 11 January the lockdown will be in place for residents, restricting movements for essential purposes only (including shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies).

The government says there are no concerns that supermarket supplies are at risk during this three-day period.

Those attending supermarkets, particularly during busy periods, are reminded to practice social distancing and hand hygiene, wear a mask and follow all health advice.


 

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  1. Important addition to this story – NSW Government has announced that any NSW resident who has been to Brisbane since January 2 also needs to isolate at home for the 3 days. This could impact hundreds of locals and is not limited to QLD.

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