Premier out of hotel quarantine ahead of lockdown decision

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will emerge from hotel quarantine this morning, just in time to announce a decision on southeast Queensland’s lockdown.

The Premier has been holed up in the Westin Hotel in Brisbane for the last two weeks following her trip to Tokyo where Queensland secured the rights to host the 2032 Olympics.

It has been left to Deputy Premier Steven Miles to deliver the bad news on lockdowns and border closures over the last fortnight.


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Dr Miles confirmed Ms Palaszczuk has been given the all-clear to exit quarantine on Sunday.

“I am pleased to report the Premier has had her final COVID test of quarantine,” Dr Miles told reporters on Saturday.

“It has come back negative so she is looking forward to being released tomorrow morning. She will come straight to work and she is looking forward to being here with us for the press conference tomorrow.”

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli wouldn’t be drawn on whether the timing of the Premier’s release and the lockdown announcement was more than a coincidence.

“I’m sure they’re taking the correct health advice.”

Mr Crisafulli has urged the government to give businesses as much notice as possible if the lockdown is to be lifted.

A media conference to announce the lockdown decision is expected to be held at 10am this morning.