Greater Brisbane will be entering a three-day lockdown after confirmation the state’s first positive COVID-19 case in four months has the highly-infectious UK strain.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday morning the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands will be going into lockdown from 6.00pm on Friday to 6.00pm on Monday.
“All residents living in those areas will be required to stay at home,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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“Think of it as a long weekend at home.
“We need to do this. If we do not do this now, it could end up being a 30-day lockdown.”
Residents will be allowed to go outside for essential reasons, similar to measures in place back in March. They include essential work, providing healthcare support for a vulnerable person, essential shopping and exercise in the local neighbourhood.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service.
Funerals will be restricted to 20 guests and weddings restricted to 10 guests.
“We’re asking people not to go to any non-essential businesses such as hairdressers, nail salons, cinemas, gyms, all of those sporting activities over the weekend, organised community sport, all of that is just on hold,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.
“We need to take a pause for the next three days and just see what this single case means.”
“I know this will be tough on businesses over the next few days but I am thinking about your long-term futures as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Visitors to the area since January 2nd are also being asked to stay at home for three days, even if they’re returned to homes elsewhere in the state.
Masks will also be mandatory for all of Greater Brisbane for anyone who does leave home for essential reasons.
Anyone not wearing a mask could be fined $200.
Children under 12 are exempt.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said police officers would be monitoring the streets to make sure people are complying with the directive.
“The Queensland Police Service will be putting additional resources to this over the next three days,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“We will be conducting additional patrols, random intercepts and making sure that everyone is complying with the directives.
“As always, we will continue to use communication, compassion and ultimately, though, if there is blatant disregard of the directives, we will be ensuring compliance.
“They may be even issuing fines as you know and more seriously, even being charged.”
The Premier confirmed she had already advised her state and territory counterparts that Greater Brisbane was being declared a hotspot ahead of today’s National Cabinet meeting.
Nine new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Queensland in the last 24 hours. All were from returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
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