Greater Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown from 5 pm tonight, following the discovery of four new cases of coronavirus in the community.
The lockdown will affect residents of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and Moreton council areas.
Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk says these areas will go into lockdown from 5 pm tonight with exceptions for essential workers and necessary tasks like grocery shopping, exercise, and medical care.
Masks will be mandatory outside of the home, and schools and child care centres will also be closed from tomorrow, with exceptions for vulnerable children and the children of essential workers.
In addition, anyone who has been in the greater Brisbane area since Saturday, March 20 but has since left is also required to enter lockdown.
“I know this will mean some disruption to people’s lives but we’ve done this before and we’ve got through it over those three days in the past and if everyone does the right thing, I’m sure that we will be able to get through it again,” Premier Palaszczuk says.
“This is the UK strain. It is highly infectious,” she says. “We need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown.
“This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing. This is a huge job now that we have to do because we’ve got more of this community transmission.”
Queensland has reported ten new cases of coronavirus, with four of those cases acquired in the community.
Two of the community cases were linked to the Stafford man who tested positive late last week, but two of the cases have an unknown origin.
“I know this will mean some disruption to people’s lives but we’ve done this before … and if everyone does the right thing, I’m sure that we will be able to get through it again.”Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk
Carriers from Brisbane have been reported in Gladstone and Byron, with authorities running contact tracing to determine other locations.
“Now what this says to us is the fact that there are now more community transmission and these people have been out and about in the community.,” Ms Palaszczuk says. “And that is of now concern to Queensland Health and of course concern to me.”
Queensland CHO Dr Jeanette Young says prior restrictions on visits to aged care, disability accommodation services, hospital and prisons will be reinstated.
“The other requirement is could everyone please wear masks,” she says. “So in greater Brisbane that’s for everywhere that you’re indoors unless you’re in a single room by yourself.
“Of course not in your own home, but if you’re elsewhere, except if you have a medical exemption… when you go to the shopping centre, when you are on public transport, when you are in a rideshare car, please wear a mask.
“Then for the rest of the state outside the five local government areas that make up greater Brisbane, I am asking that you wear a mask when you can’t physically distance, when you are inside and in public transport.”