Brisbane lockdown to end, mask mandate to stay in place

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the greater Brisbane lockdown will come to an end on Monday night as planned.

There have been no new local cases on COVID-10 after 18,904 tests.

There were four new cases in hotel quarantine.


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“So from 6:00pm tonight that lockdown will end,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“However, we will need to continue some restrictions.

“They are sensible, they are very logical, and they are needed for the next 10 days.”

For residents in the Greater Brisbane area, masks will remain mandatory until 1am on January 22.

Anyone venturing to shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets, cinemas, places of worship and gyms must be wearing a mask.

Masks must also be worn on public transport, taxis and ride shares.

However, masks are not required when outdoors at a safe distance from other people, like when walking the dog, in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise.

Other restrictions will also be in place including a limit of 20 people gathering in homes and public spaces.

Weddings and funerals will also be capped at 100 people.

Venues will be going back to the one person per four square metre rule, smaller venues will be able to operate at one per two square metres.

The Premier also confirmed the fourth cricket test at the Gabba will still be going ahead but there will be a reduced capacity.

The Brisbane venue will only be filled to 50 per cent capacity rather than the 100 per cent originally planned.

Masks will also be mandatory for anyone planning to attend.

“We can’t quite relax yet,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“We still need to see out the remainder of that 14-day incubation period.”

Health authorities are continuing to plead with residents across Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands to come forward for testing if they experience any symptoms.

It is not yet known whether the announcement will affect the travelling restrictions with out states.

“They will make their decisions today,” Dr Young said.

“I will talk to them at 11:00am today at AHPPC when I will tell them we haven’t had any cases and how many we have already found and how many are in quarantine and they will take all that information and make their decisions.”

RESTRICTION DETAILS

MASKS

  • Must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles
  • Must be carried at all times
  • Are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people (for example, walking a dog), in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise

BUSINESSES AND VENUES

  • Indoors: 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Outdoors: 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Seated eating and drinking only
  • Smaller venues up to 200 sqm: 1 person per 2sqm up to a maximum of 50
  • No dancing except for weddings

GATHERINGS

  • Up to 20 in homes and public spaces
  • Weddings: up to 100. No restriction on dancing
  • Funerals: up to 100
  • Indoor concert venues or theatres: 50% capacity or 1 person per 4 sqm whichever is greater
  • Outdoor stadiums: 50% capacity with COVID-safe plans

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Wow 1 case and the place shuts down!
Labor Government still has shares with facemask manufactures from China.
We are all safe again until the next plane lands from overseas.

Had to end the lockdown or the cricket would not go ahead.
That’s just the politics this government plays with us.
Now we have been “rewarded”

can you travel from greater Brisbane to The Gold Coast

to all those who believed the fear mongering pre election, this premier will continue to use it where she can to dictate who does what ,where we can go, and continue to conceal the medical evidence for the actions imposed.Sounds like our rights are being well and truly trashed by the labour state government.About time the Federal government took over and ruled instead of letting these incompetents continually trash business and impose grossly disproportionate restrictions