Lockdown extended for Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions
Due to the detection of new community cases overnight, lockdown will be extended for the Local Government Areas of Brisbane and Moreton Bay for another 24 hours until 6pm, Saturday 3 July 2021.
The situation will continue to be monitored and an update will be provided tomorrow.
The lockdown will end at 6pm today, 2 July 2021, for the Local Government Areas of Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire, however restrictions will continue to apply for another two weeks including mask wearing.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the extended lockdown measures for Brisbane and Moreton Bay were essential given the detection of three new cases who had spent time in the community across the Brisbane region.
“This additional 24 hours is essential to give our contact tracers time to identify close and casual contacts,” Dr Young said.
“We need to do this to continue limiting any potential spread and keep our community safe.
“Two of the new cases are household contacts, however they are not known contacts of existing cases. We are continuing investigations to determine how these two cases were infected.
“The third new case is the partner of the international airport worker identified yesterday. Serology has identified that he caught the virus before his partner and further contact tracing is required.
“I strongly encourage people to keep a close eye on the contact tracing locations on our website throughout the day. As soon as the exposure sites and associated times are confirmed, we will add these to our website.
“If you have been to any of these locations at the relevant times, you must follow the health advice.
The list of exposure venues is available on the Queensland Health website.
Dr Young said the extended lockdown will mean Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council residents will need to continue to follow the lockdown requirements for an additional 24 hours and wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces.
These requirements mean you can only leave your home (which includes temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) for the following essential purposes:
- obtain essential goods or services, including health care and COVID-19 vaccinations
- exercise outdoors
- attend essential work or childcare
- assist vulnerable persons
If you are currently in Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions and leave the impacted area to return home, you will need to continue to follow the lockdown restrictions no matter where you are.
Dr Young said in the Local Government Areas of Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire, the following restrictions would apply after 6pm tonight.
You must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces, such as:
- shopping centres and supermarkets
- indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
- public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
- airports and travelling on planes.
Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.
Masks do not to be worn outside when exercising unless you cannot socially distance.
If you leave any of the Local Government Areas that have restrictions in place, you will still be required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors wherever you are in the state.
Venue capacity will be limited to one person per four square metres and you can only have 30 people in your residence at any one time, including residents and children.
Weddings and funerals will be limited to 100 people. Dancing will only be allowed at weddings for 20 people at any one time.
Statewide restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities will continue to apply with no personal visitors allowed for the next two weeks.
Dr Young strongly encouraged anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately, no matter where they are in the state.
A range of testing sites across Brisbane will continue to operate for extended hours today and over the weekend. Updates will be available on the Queensland Health website.
Go to www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing to find your nearest testing location.