Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm tonight (March 29). The lockdown will apply to the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands council areas.
The announcement comes after four new locally acquired cases of the highly infectious UK strain of Covid-19 were recorded. One of the new cases is a nurse from the PA hospital who had worked in the Covid ward.
From 5pm tonight, residents will be permitted to leave home for the following four reasons only: for essential work, for exercise, to give or receive healthcare, or to buy essential supplies. There is a limit of two visitors in homes for giving or receiving support, and people are allowed to exercise in a family group or with one other person from a different family group.
Face masks will once again be mandatory for residents leaving their homes.
“We need to do this now to avoid a longer lockdown,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a press conference. “This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing.
“I know this will mean some disruption to people's lives, but we've done this before and we've got through it over those three days in the past and if everyone does the right thing, I'm sure that we will be able to get through it again.”
Some restrictions will also come into effect for the rest of the state: masks will be compulsory, home gatherings will be limited to 30 people, and patrons in hospitality venues will need to be seated.
More to come.