Mayor backs ‘ring of steel’ to free Gold Coast from lockdown

Mayor Tom Tate has doubled down on his calls for the Gold Coast to be released from lockdown this afternoon if there are no cases recorded in the city.

The Mayor has even backed the idea of a ‘ring of steel’ to prevent people from Brisbane travelling to the Glitter Strip.

But there are fears Brisbane’s cluster has already spread to the Gold Coast after a Southport restaurant was added to the growing list of exposure sites.


Anyone who was at Kua Thai Isan Traditional Thai Restaurant in Sungold Arcade on Scarborough St on Friday, July 30 between 12.30pm and 2pm must get tested, contact Queensland Health and isolate for 14 days.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether there are any positive cases on the Gold Coast with Queensland Health to provide and update at 10am.

Read more: Gold Coast restaurant added to growing exposure list

Mayor Tom Tate says the lockdown is destroying business on the Gold Coast and the government should be focussing on more localised lockdowns.

“The fact is that we have no case here on the Gold Coast and look, my attitude is data shows that ok we’ll do a blanket lockdown over the whole 111 local councils but on the GC now there’s zero case so data got us in, data should get us out,” Cr Tate told Seven.

The Mayor has backed the idea of a ‘ring of steel’ on the M1 to protect the Gold Coast.

“It’s very doable, we did it back when all this outbreak first occurred 18 months ago when we turned a lot of cars around on the M1.

“The ‘ring of steel’ is really the answer, localised lockdown is the answer because why should other businesses suffer.

“They’ve still got to continue on their livelihoods and to do a lockdown on the Gold Coast when it’s in Brisbane doesn’t sound right mate.”

The Mayor concedes he will happily back down on his lockdown calls should Queensland Health officials confirm any new cases on the Gold Coast.

But he warns businesses will continue to suffer if the lockdown goes any longer than it has to.

“We’re on our knees here, we are tourism, hospitality and aviation-based and really, locking the Gold Coast down is a foot on the throat of our business people.”