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Brisbane Lockdown to End

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No New Case Means the End of Lockdown for Brisbane

Due to the lack of cases of Covid-19 found in the Brisbane area, enforced the three-day lockdown is to be lifted at 6 pm. However, other restrictions will still be in place for the next 10 days, including mandatory use of masks in many public areas.

During the press conference, the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk stated that “If in doubt, wear a mask,” she said. The mask rule will remain until 1 am on January 22.” People in Greater Brisbane will be required to carry masks and wear them in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and rideshare vehicles. This will extend to any travel outside of Greater Brisbane.

She later went on to confirm that no community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in the Greater Brisbane area, after a scare of two people being diagnosed with the UK strain of the virus.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said that despite this it is no time to get complacent, “We still do have to be on heightened alert,” Young said, concerned that not everyone who potentially came into contact with the two infected people had come forward to be tested. “Masks are quite a game-changer.”

Social distancing requirements will see indoor venues restricted to one person per four square metres, outdoor venues to one person per two square metres, with seated eating and drinking only and no dancing except for weddings.

There will be a limit of 20 people for any organised gatherings in homes or public spaces, and up to 100 for weddings and funerals. Restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and prisons remain.

For more information about the new COVID restrictions head to the Queensland Health Website.

The investigation into how the hotel quarantine cleaner contracted the UK strain is ongoing.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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