The Queensland Government has sought to clarify the reasons for travel around the Greater Brisbane area, after residents spent their first night in lockdown.
Those living in the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands must stay at home until 6pm on Monday, except for essential work, exercise, essential shopping and to access healthcare or to look after the vulnerable.
Anyone who has been in those areas since January 2 and has since travelled to other areas around the state and even the country are also being told to isolate.
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It comes as contact tracers work to ensure the UK variant of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community after a cleaner at one of Brisbane’s quarantine hotels was diagnosed with the highly-infectious strain.
Authorities fear the cleaner, a woman aged in her 20s, had been infected and active in the community since January 2.
Queensland Health has released a statement confirming those leaving the Greater Brisbane area may do so for essential reasons or to return home, but must also remain at their residence and limit their movements until the lockdown period has ended.
“We’re also asking anyone who was in Greater Brisbane on or since 2 January to follow the same lockdown rules where they are now. Only leave your home for the essential reasons and wear a mask,” the statement read.
“Additionally, those who transit into Greater Brisbane from surrounding areas for work, volunteering, study, healthcare or to support a vulnerable person may do so if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely.
“These individuals must also follow the lockdown rules during this period, as they have been exposed to the Greater Brisbane community.”
Reasons you can leave Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period:
- You can leave Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period for essential reasons, but you must continue to follow the lockdown rules.
- Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
- Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
- Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
- Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
- Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
- Child custody arrangements
- Legal obligations
- Visit for end of life
- Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions
- In emergency situations
- To escape harm
- If you entered the impacted area responding to an emergency as an emergency health services or emergency service worker or national defence, state security or police officer
- If required to allow an essential service to occur such as the transport of freight in and out of Greater Brisbane
- You’re directed to leave by an emergency health officer
- You have an exemption from the Chief Health Officer.