Mask restrictions in place for Qld as list of exposure sites grow

Queenslanders are waking to fresh mask restrictions today as the state attempts to avoid a lockdown over the Christmas break.

As more and more coronavirus cases begin popping up within the Sunshine State, there are mounting fears that the virus might spread too quickly and a lockdown may need to be call.

Authorities continue to assure that lockdowns won’t be necessary over the summer holidays, but have brought back mask restrictions as a precaution.


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As of 1.00 am Saturday December 18, everyone will be required to wear a mask while in retail settings such as Woolworths and Coles and other shops.

Masks will also have to be worn while visiting hospitals and aged care facilities.

People will need to wear them on public transport and in ride share services as well.

For the time being, masks remain optional for workplaces and within hospitality venues which are now under the vaccine mandate.

The restrictions will remain in place at least until Queensland reaches 90 percent double dose vaccination which is tipped to happen sometime in January.

It comes as Covid-19 continues creeping into the state now that the borders have reopened to the southern states.

There were 16 cases announced yesterday and more likely to be announced today.

It means the list of exposure sites continues to grow, with all Queenslanders urged to keep a close eye on it each day.

For the Gold Coast overnight there were a couple more sites added, including a truck stop in Coomera and the Burleigh Pavilion from Friday December 10.

To check the full and update list, click here.