Greater Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown as of 6pm on Friday, January 8, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.

The lockdown comes after a Queensland hotel quarantine cleaner tested positive to a UK strain of COVID-19.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown was about keeping Queenslanders safe.

“We know that this UK strain is highly infectious,” she said.

“We are going to go hard and we are going to go early to do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus.”

People in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

  • 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

Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service.

Funerals and weddings will be restricted to 20 guests.


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