The Gold Coast and other parts of Queensland will be sent into a snap three-day lockdown as officials desperately try and prevent a major outbreak of COVID.
It comes after the state recorded two new local cases of COVID-19, including an unvaccinated receptionist who worked in the COVID ward a Brisbane Hospital and travelled to Townsville and Magnetic Island.
The lockdown will come into effect from 6pm tonight and last until 6pm on Friday.
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As well as the Gold Coast, the lockdown will also cover Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Moreton, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset council areas.
Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will also go into lockdown.
People will only be allowed to leave home for four reasons – essential work or education that can’t be done at home, obtaining health care including vaccination, care or support of a vulnerable loved one and shopping for essential items in your local community.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to open for take-away or home delivery.
Household gatherings will be capped at two visitors for the duration of the lockdown.
Funerals are allowed up to 20 people, while weddings are allowed up to 10 people, including the celebrant and witnesses.
Aged care facilities, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will be closed to visitors.
“What we want to do is we want to give our contact tracers time to get on top of this. This is absolutely essential and we want to make sure that we stop the virus in its tracks,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“This is really important that everyone does the right thing. I know Queenslanders will.”
One of the new cases is a 19-year-old woman from Sandgate in Brisbane who is believed to have been infectious in the community for 10 days.
The woman is a casual clerical worker in the COVID ward at Prince Charles Hospital.
She had travelled to Townsville and Magnetic Island at the end of last week and tested positive late yesterday.
The Premier confirmed the worker was unvaccinated.
“I am absolutely furious about this, we need to make sure we’re getting our population vaccinated right across the state.”
A close friend of the woman has since become sick along with two of her family members.
The second local cases is a miner in Ipswich who had returned from the mine in the Northern Territory at the centre of an outbreak.
Contact tracing is underway for other miners who returned to Queensland on the same flight.
Queensland Health confirmed on Monday night that two venues on the Gold Coast were ‘close contact’ exposure sites.
Anyone who was at the Woolworths at Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach between 1.25pm and 1.50pm on Saturday and the BWS at Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach between 1.30pm and 2pm needs to get tested, quarantine and contact Queensland Health.
Several other locations have been listed as ‘low risk’ exposure sites.
Authorities have also confirmed there will be no changes to the current border arrangements with no checkpoints to be put up at this stage.
More to come.