Greater Brisbane is waking to its first full day of lockdown, while the rest of the state is also waking to new restrictions in a bid to halt the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
The Queensland Government announced on Monday that the Greater Brisbane area would be entering a snap three-day lockdown after four new virus cases were detected in the community.
The Premier said the tough crackdown would be reviewed on Wednesday, and buy contact tracers some time as they desperately work to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the state’s latest confirmed cases.
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“This is the UK strain. It is highly infectious. We need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown,” the Premier said.
“Just like the lockdown in January, this is designed to be a circuit breaker to limit community spread as much as possible.”
Greater Brisbane residents have been confined to their homes and are only allowed to leave for essential reasons, including obtaining essential goods or services including healthcare, exercise, essential work or childcare and assisting vulnerable persons.
Non-essential businesses have been forced to closed, with cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services, gyms and places of worship also ordered to shut up shop.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants are allowed to remain open for takeaway and delivery only, while schools in the region have been closed until next term.
Across the state, masks are now mandatory in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and supermarkets, retail stores, restaurants and cafes, hospitals and aged care facilities, indoor workplaces where you can’t physically distance, public transport, taxis and rideshare, and airports.
“You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to,” Queensland Health said.
Gatherings have also been restricted to 30 people in homes across the state, while the sit-down rule is back for restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Visitors have also been banned from aged care facilities, hospitals and correctional facilities.
Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, is being urged to get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue or loss of smell and taste.