The Greater Brisbane area is being plunged into a three-day lockdown, with four more community transmission cases diagnosed overnight.
From 5.00 pm tonight, everyone in Brisbane, Logan, the Redlands, Moreton Bay and Ipswich will be confined to their homes for three straight days.
Schools will close, and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons including for food, exercise, essential work and medical reasons.
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It comes as the Brisbane cluster grows to seven overnight, with four more people testing positive.
The strict lockdown conditions don’t just apply for those five local government areas, with anyone who’s been in the Brisbane area since March 20 also urged to follow the lockdown rules.
BREAKING: Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown and restrictions will come into place across Queensland after cases of COVID-19 transmission were detected in the community. pic.twitter.com/LBJuWXxlFi
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) March 28, 2021
Because of some of the new infections travelling to either Gladstone or Byron Bay, the rest of Queensland is also getting a fresh set of restrictions.
From 5.00 pm tonight, home gatherings will be limited to 30 people around the state, while people are also being urged to wear masks in settings that they can’t guarantee social distancing.
Aged care facilities, hospitals and prisons will have visitor restrictions brought in, while all pubs and restaurants must ensure that patrons are seated.
The Premier says she knows this is very hard news to hear, but it’s incredibly necessary to try and limit the spread of community transmission.
A review will be conducted on Wednesday night, to see if the lockdown can be lifted in time for the Easter break.
The Prime Minister has agreed to halve our international arrivals into hotel quarantine as well.
Queensland Health authorities are expected to provide more information throughout the day, particularly regarding venues of concern.
A list of affected areas is being regularly updated here.
The Health Minister is also getting in touch with NSW authorities over concerns the virus may have been able to spread in Byron Bay.