Greater Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of Covid-19 after a quarantine hotel worker tested positive. Here’s everything you need to know about what you can and can’t do.
When does the lockdown start and end?
The lockdown begins at 6pm on Friday 8 January and will lift at 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021.
Who is being locked down?
Residents in the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands council areas must stay home during that period unless they are engaged in a strictly limited list of essential tasks.
The lockdown also applies to anyone who has been in the five affected council areas since 2 January but has since travelled elsewhere.
People can still enter Brisbane, but will be bound by the lockdown restrictions.
Is there any excuse for leaving my house?
People can leave home but only for a very limited number of purposes. They include essential work, to care for or support a vulnerable person, essential shopping and exercise within local neighbourhoods, medical care, child custody arrangements and legal obligations.
Do I have to wear a mask when leaving home?
Masks are mandatory for those venturing outside their households, except for children under the age of 12.
Are there penalties for disobeying these rules?
Police will be conducting additional patrols, including random intercepts, to ensure compliance. The penalty for non-compliance is a $1,300 fine.
Are there limits on public events, gatherings and household visits?
Households cannot accept any more than two visitors a day, excluding carers and volunteers. During the three-day lockdown, funerals will be limited to 20 people and weddings to 10, including the celebrant and witnesses.
Are businesses and places of worship closed?
Cinemas, gyms and entertainment and recreation venues will be closed along with places of worship. People must not frequent non-essential businesses, also including hairdressers and nail salons. Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for takeaway service.
No visitors are allowed at aged-care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.
Can I still play sport?
Weekend sporting activities have been cancelled.