Mandatory mask wearing will return to Queensland’s south-east while other restrictions are being tightened after the state recorded two new local cases of COVID-19.
One of the new cases is linked to the Portuguese restaurant in Brisbane attended by an infected flight attendant last weekend.
The second is a mine worker from the Sunshine Coast who is confirmed as having the highly infectious Delta strain.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
That case was announced late on Sunday and included in Monday’s numbers.
The female returned to Brisbane from a mine in the Northern Territory on Friday night before driving to Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast.
Further exposure sites will be added to the Queensland Health website website on Monday.
From 1am on Tuesday, masks will be mandatory on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Moreton, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset council areas.
Venues will revert back to the one person per four square metre rule for indoor spaces and one person per two square metres for outdoor spaces and patrons must be seated while eating and drinking.
Smaller venues up to 200 square metres will be allowed one person per two square metres up to a maximum of 50 people people.
Household gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 30.
Numbers at weddings at funerals will be capped at 100 while dancing at weddings will be limited to 20 people.
Capacity at ticketed events will remain at 100 per cent capacity for the time being.
“I’m quite sure people will understand that we have to do this because we need to get on top of it very quickly,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“I know this is not idea for everyone but we’ve got to act quickly.
“It is absolutely frustrating for everyone, it’s incredibly frustrating for us as well but this a world pandemic and anything can happen at any time so we all have to step up and do the right thing by our community.”
The mask-wearing will be in place for at least two weeks.
“Please, everyone, put your masks back on. You don’t need to wear them if you’re in the car by yourself or only with your household members. You don’t need to wear them outdoors if you’re only with household members,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.
“We know that masks make a difference and if we can do all of that work, then, hopefully, we won’t have to go into even further restrictions.”
Officials are scrambling to test 170 FIFO workers across Queensland who returned from the same Northern Territory.
Contact tracing is also continuing for passengers on board two Virgin flights that flew into the Gold Coast and Brisbane from Sydney after a cabin crew member tested positive on Saturday.
Border restrictions won’t be tightened at this stage but the Premier has warned that could change with little warning.
“At the moment we are monitoring the situation really closely for the next 24 to 48 hours so if we start seeing any spread of community transmission in New South Wales especially closer to our border we will not hesitate to take strong action.”