Greater Brisbane to go into lockdown

From 6pm on Friday January 8 to 6pm on Monday January 11, people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands council areas will be required to stay home, as the Greater Brisbane area goes into lockdown.

The lockdown comes after a cleaner at quarantine hotel tested positive to a highly infectious strain of coronavirus on January 7.

What the lockdown will be

From 6pm this evening until 6pm on Monday, anyone living in the Greater Brisbane area won’t be allowed to leave their home unless it is for one of the essential reasons below:

  • 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

A number of restrictions will apply during this lockdown:

  • No more than two visitors to the household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household), excluding care workers or volunteers
  • All businesses that can remain open must adhere to one person per 4 square metres with maximum of 20 to 50 with COVID Safe or Industry Plan
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close
  • Places of worship to close
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 20 people, including the celebrant and witnesses
  • Funerals involve a maximum of 20 people
  • Mandatory mask wearing anywhere outside of your home
  • No visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.

Who does this lockdown apply to

The lockdown will apply to anyone living in the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, or Moreton council areas.

The Greater Brisbane area which will go into lockdown from 6pm on January 8. Image via Qld Health.

What does this mean for UQ students

In an email to affected students the university advised that on-campus classes will not go ahead on Monday, while online classes will not be impacted.

Other restrictions from the university for the period of the lockdown include a ban on on-campus events, closure of commercial operations, and limiting on campus staff to essential staff or staff who’s work must be performed at UQ.

 

For more information on the lockdown visit the Queensland Health website.

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