The lockdown across southeast Queensland will be lifted at 4pm this afternoon the Premier has announced but the Gold Coast has been placed on high alert after a case emerged overnight.
Cairns and Yarrabah will also be plunged into a three-day lockdown after a taxi driver there tested positive and was infectious in the community for ten days.
Queensland recorded nine new local cases including one that is under investigation on the Gold Coast.
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A family on the Gold Coast came forward for testing with one member of that family initially testing positive.
But two subsequent tests came back negative with officials now waiting on more testing and genome sequencing.
“The family has worked with us every step of the way and they are in isolation and we have tested everyone else in the family multiple times and done serology, and all of that is negative,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.
“But we do have that positive result, so it is really, really important today that anybody down in the Gold Coast with any symptoms at all, please come forward and get tested so we can work out what has happened there and whether there has been any spread.”
The positive case comes after the Woolworths at Mudgeeraba was listed as a casual contact exposure site.
Anyone who was at the store between 2.55pm and 3.30pm on Monday, August 2 is urged to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The lockdown across all 11 local government areas will lift at 4pm on Sunday but tough restrictions will remain in place.
Mask-wearing will remain mandatory while household gatherings will be limit to a maximum of 10 people.
Weddings and funerals will be capped at 20 people while hospitality venues will be restricted to one person per four square metres with patrons to remain seated.
Schools will reopen on Monday with high school students and staff in primary schools ordered to wear masks.
Community sport will remain suspended for the next fortnight but crowds will return to professional sport with a capacity of 50 per cent.
Visits to hospitals and aged care facilities will be allowed to resume.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who emerged from hotel quarantine on Sunday, warned Queensland to remain vigilant.
“We are not out of the woods. I just want everyone to have a really good understanding that we are dealing with the Delta strain. It is highly, highly infectious,” the Premier said.
Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed the lifting of the lockdown, describing it as a ‘dose of good medicine.’
“I applaud the State on the announcement. I know Gold Coasters will continue to do the right thing when it comes to abiding by the latest restrictions.
“We are truly in this together and the fact we all managed to get out of this lockdown in eight days underscores that our community can rapidly comply with restrictions when called upon.
“I further thank the Premier for making the decision across all 11 LGAs as that will ensure ‘normality’ can return to around three million Queenslanders.
“The fight is not over and I strongly encourage every Gold Coaster, and every Australian, to get vaccinated. That is the true pathway out of this pandemic.’’
Mayor Tate said he was not concerned about a possible isolated case on the coast.
“Normal contact tracing is being conducted around this case and I believe the test on the individual showed a low level of Covid. Like all cases in Brisbane or elsewhere, this should be able to be managed through the processes the State has in place.’’
Council will this week finalise a relief package for small businesses on the Gold Coast with measures set to be put in place after Tuesday’s Full Council meeting.
More to come.