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COVID-19 Special Update
Greater Brisbane Lockdown
Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community.
 
There are no second chances with this pandemic which is why the Queensland Government is asking Queenslanders to have a long weekend at home.
 
Australia has learnt from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales that a short, sharp lockdown is better than a long one and this is a more contagious strain which must be contained. To do this all Queenslanders need to stay home, stay safe and get tested.
 
From 6pm tonight (8 January), until 6pm Monday 11 January people in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan local government areas will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:
  • 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; or
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions.
 
Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.
 
Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for takeaway and delivery services.
 
Funerals will be restricted to 20 people and weddings to 10, including the celebrant and two witnesses.
 
All essential businesses remain open.
 
If you need to leave Greater Brisbane for an essential purpose, such as to work, to return home or to access healthcare, you should limit your movements for those three days wherever you go.

Get Tested

If you have any symptoms at all, please get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result. A list of testing facilities is available here: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics

Full list of restrictions

The full list of restrictions include:

  • 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, and a maximum of 20 to 50 people for businesses operating under a COVID Safe or Industry Plan.
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway and delivery services only.
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close.
  • Places of worship to close.
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 10 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

How do I know the limits of the Greater Brisbane Area?
 
See above the map of the local government areas included in Greater Brisbane.
 
The local government areas include: Brisbane City Council; Redlands City Council; Ipswich City Council; Moreton Bay Regional Council; and Logan City Council.
 
You can also view an interactive map here: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/greater-brisbane-lockdown#view-map
 
In what circumstances can I leave Greater Brisbane during the lockdown?
 
You can only lece Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period if:
 

  • you receive an exemption from the Chief Health Officer;
  • in emergency situations;
  • if you entered the impacted area responding to an emergency as an emergency health services or emergency service worker or national defence, state security or police officer; or
  • if required to allow an essential service to occur such as the transport of freight in and out of Greater Brisbane.
 
 
What if I already have people staying with me - are they included in my two visitor limit?
 
You can have a maximum of two people visit you in your home each day, in addition to anyone who is currently staying in your household. Current household residents and guests who were staying with you before the lockdown commenced are not considered visitors.
 
It is important to note that children are included in the two-person limit.
 
Can I go to church/place of worship this Sunday?
 
No. Places of worship are required to close during the lockdown period except for weddings and funerals. The number of people who can attend a wedding or a funeral has also been restricted and you must wear a mask if attending the event.
 
Is there a kilometre limit being imposed?
 
There are no kilometre limits in place at this time. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19 we are asking residents of Greater Brisbane to stay at home and limit travel outside of your local area.
 
Can I come into Greater Brisbane from outside? If I do, can I leave again?
 
Yes, you can enter Greater Brisbane from outside the region to return home, stay at a residence such as a family member’s home or hotel or for an essential purpose, such as work or for essential health care. However, if you do, you must abide by all restrictions and stay for the period of the lockdown.
 
Can I travel through Greater Brisbane without stopping? If so, can I catch public transport or does it have to be in a car? Does car only include my own vehicle, or can it be an Uber, Taxi etc?
 
You can travel through the Greater Brisbane area to get from one destination to another, but you must do so without stopping. You also must travel in a private vehicle, such as your own car, a rideshare car or taxi. You must not transit through the Greater Brisbane area by any other mode of transport – i.e. public transport.
 
 
Can I leave Greater Brisbane to return home, or do I need to stay here for three days?
 
You cannot leave the Greater Brisbane area once the lockdown period commences.
 
You will have to stay in Greater Brisbane until 6pm Monday 11 January.
 
What if I have family flying in this weekend to visit - are they no longer allowed to come/should they cancel?
 
They are still able to come but must follow all restrictions and limit their movement within the Greater Brisbane area after their arrival for the period of the lockdown. The requirements will include that the person stay at their residence, either at the hotel or your home. From 6pm on Friday 8 January, you will only be permitted to have a maximum of two people visit your home, including people entering to reside with you at your home for the period of the lockdown. These visitors must abide by all restrictions and stay for the period of the lockdown.
 
Will kindy/childcare still be operational etc for essential workers?
 
Yes. Childcare is an essential business. You may leave your home to drop and pick up your child from a kindergarten or day-care.
 
When do I have to wear a mask?
 
In the Greater Brisbane area, for the period of the lockdown, face masks must be worn at all times when you are outside of your home including in the following settings:
 
  • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
  • on public/shared transport and waiting areas for public/shared transport
  • weddings and funerals
  • while waiting for takeaway food
  • at workplaces.
  • Children 12 years and under and people affected by a medical condition are exempt. You do not have to wear a mask at home.
 
You may temporarily remove your mask for eating and drinking and when necessary for your employment, for example, an early childhood educator may remove their mask when communicating with children in their care.
 
Who is required to wear masks?
 
Everyone in the Greater Brisbane area is required to wear a mask whenever they are outside their home during the lockdown period. Masks are not required while eating and drinking or if an exemption applies. For example, a person affected by a medical or mental health condition or disability is not required to wear a mask.
 
Are children exempt from wearing a mask?
 
Children 12 years and under are exempt from wearing a mask.
 
If I am an inpatient at a hospital, do I have to wear a mask?
 
This will be determined by treating physicians but generally this is not required.
 
I receive care at my own home, do I have to wear a mask?
 
You are not required to wear a mask when inside your home. However, the carer or healthcare worker providing care must wear a mask.
 
I am meant have custody of my child this weekend, is this still allowed?
 
For children under 18 who do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents – leaving the place of residence is allowed to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children.
 
What businesses are closed?
 
The following businesses and activities in the Greater Brisbane area must close during the lockdown period unless an exception applies:
 
  • Retail food services including pubs, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets except for takeaway services.
  • Entertainment facilities, such as theatres, cinemas, music halls and concert halls.
  • Hairdressers
  • Amusement centres, such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games.
  • Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor swimming pools and gyms.
  • Places of public worship, except for weddings and funerals in line with the person limits.
  • Spas, nail salons, hairdressers, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlours
  • Massage parlours unless provided by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist.
  • Auction houses
  • Betting agencies and gaming lounges
  • Markets, except for food and farmers markets
  • Galleries, museums and libraries
  • Community facilities, such as community halls
  • Sex on premises services, sex services premises and strip clubs
  • Public swimming pools
  • Nightclubs
 
Are cafes, pubs etc ok to remain open if they're following a COVID-safe plan?
 
No. Dining in a café, pub or restaurant is not permitted during the lockdown period. However, cafes, pubs and restaurants can provide take away food and home delivery services.
 
I have booked short term accommodation that finishes up during lockdown – what are my options?
 
If you are temporarily staying in the Greater Brisbane area in short-term or holiday accommodation when your booking expires, you may leave your accommodation to return to
 
  • your place of residence in the Greater Brisbane area only or
  • other accommodation in the Greater Brisbane area only.

 
However, you cannot leave the Greater Brisbane area during the lockdown period.
 
I live on the border of the LGA, can I cross to get groceries/exercise/visit family etc?
 
To limit the spread of the virus, we are asking residents in the Greater Brisbane area to stay at home and limit their travel unless it is essential to do so. Where possible, it is recommended to stay in your own suburb.
 
Will there be buses/trains/etc. Is it safe?
 
Public transport will continue as normal and physical distancing is still in effect. However, you must wear a mask to be permitted to travel on public transport.
 
What if I have tickets to an event on the Gold Coast (Magic Millions, Big Bash)? Can I leave Brisbane to go, if I don't come back for three days?
 
No. The Greater Brisbane area will be in lockdown for three days to limit any spread. All residents should stay at home and limit their travel unless it is essential to do so. Attending a sporting event is not considered essential travel.
 
Can I leave the LGA and shop elsewhere or even travel and stay elsewhere?
 
To limit the spread of the virus, we are asking residents in the Greater Brisbane area to stay at home and limit their travel unless it is essential to do so. Where possible, it is recommended to stay in your own suburb.
 
You can leave your LGA as long as you are staying within Greater Brisbane.
 
If I have dinner reservation for 6pm tonight (Friday), does that mean I have to cancel?
 
You will not be able to dine at the restaurant. Restaurants will only be able to serve take away food.
 
I don’t have a mask/I can’t buy a mask. Will I be fined if I don’t wear one when I need to go get food/meds/help?
 
Masks are mandatory from 6pm Friday and compliance measures will be in place.
 
If I can exercise with one other person, whom I don't live with, does that mean I can attend my physio appointment or remedial massage, given it is only with one other person?
 
Essential services, including medical appointments, can continue during lockdown. However, we’d strongly encourage any non-urgent appointments that can wait until after the lockdown period to be postponed.
 
I have an appointment in the lockdown area or outside of the lockdown area can I attend?
 
If you live in Greater Brisbane you are only allowed to leave your home to attend an appointment which would be considered essential or permitted, such as attending a medical appointment.
 
If you live outside of Greater Brisbane you can attend your essential appointment, but must stay for the duration of the lockdown period.
 
I’m in a different state and am flying/arriving this weekend - will I be put into hotel quarantine or can I quarantine at home?
 
The requirements relating to persons entering Queensland from interstate or overseas remain unchanged. If you enter the Greater Brisbane from overseas or a declared COVID-19 hotspot (Greater Sydney) you will need to enter hotel quarantine. If you enter Greater Brisbane from a place in Australia that is not a declared hotspot, you will be required to stay at your home, family or friend’s residence or other place of residence. You will be required to remain at this residence and comply with all the requirements contained in the Direction, including staying at home and wearing a mask while outside of your residence in Greater Brisbane.
 
Why does the area of these restrictions change for aged care/hospitals/disability?
 
The restrictions for aged care/hospitals/disability are based on the regions of the Hospital and Health Services in order for them to manage the restrictions that protect the vulnerable.
 
Are these rules mandatory?
 
Yes. A whole of government approach exists for this pandemic and QLD Police Service is responsible for compliance.
 
Who qualifies as a support person at a hospital?
 
A support person can be any person providing care or support to a person required to attend a hospital. A support person may be a parent or a child requiring essential health care at a hospital or an informal carer or family member of a person with a disability.
 
A woman in labour can have two support people with her.
 
I have child custody arrangements in/out of the lockdown area. Can I visit / travel with my child or to get my child?
 
For children under 18 who do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents – leaving the place of residence is allowed to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children. However, if you enter Greater Brisbane you must remain for the duration of the lockdown period.
 
Can I travel through the lockdown area (eg Tweed Heads to Sunshine Coast)?
 
You can travel through the Greater Brisbane area to get from one destination to another, but you must do so without stopping. You also must travel in a private vehicle, such as your own car, a rideshare car or taxi. You must not transit through the Greater Brisbane area by any other mode of transport – i.e. public transport.
 
How many people can gather in outdoor areas, like a park?
 
You can meet with members of your household or one other person who is not a member of your household, outside of your home in a public outdoor space.
 
How many people can I have at a wedding ceremony?
 
Weddings within the Greater Brisbane area can involve a maximum of 10 people, including the celebrant and two witnesses. You can also live stream a wedding.
 
How many people can I have at a funeral?
 
Funerals are now limited to 20 people in the Greater Brisbane area.
 
Are all sporting fixtures in Brisbane cancelled, will I get a refund?
 
Yes. Sporting events in the Greater Brisbane area have been cancelled or are able to continue without crowds. You should seek advice from the relevant ticket agency in respect to whether a refund is to be provided as a result of the lockdown.
 
Why is a single case causing the lockdown?
 
The purpose of this lockdown is to restrict movement inside of the Greater Brisbane area, and to minimise movement in and out of Greater Brisbane, while we understand the potential spread of this very infectious strain of COVID-19.
 
This type of response is a nationally agreed approach the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) that if any state saw a case of one of the new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 out in the community, that our regular public health response simply would not be enough to contain it.
 
Are all community sports cancelled?
 
Yes. All community sports will be cancelled for the duration of the lockdown period.
 
How many visitors can I have at my house at any one time?
 
You can have a maximum of two people visit you in your home each day, in addition to anyone who is currently staying in your household. Current household residents and guests currently residing at your residence when the lockdown period commenced are not considered visitors.
 
Can I have people come to my home to help me or complete repairs?
 
Yes. You can have a maximum of two people enter your home to complete urgent repairs, such as plumbing or electrical work.
 
I am a real estate agent – can I conduct open house inspections or auctions?
 
If your open home is proposed to take place in the Greater Brisbane area, you will not be able to conduct an open home during the lockdown period.
 
Can I go to the gym?
 
No. Gyms will be closed.
 
Are indoor play centres permitted to be open?
 
No.
 
Can we go swimming at our local/public pool?
 
No.
 
Can I play golf/tennis?
 
No.
 
Can I go to a dance/yoga/pilates class?
 
No.
 
What are the rules for capacity at a cinema, live theatre or any other live performance venue?
 
All non-essential businesses, such as cinemas, live theatre and any other live performances, in the Greater Brisbane area will be closed for the duration of the lockdown period.
 
Are amusement parks and arcades open?
 
Facilities outside the Greater Brisbane area can remain open. If within Greater Brisbane, these facilities will be closed.
 
Can I hold a protest?
 
No. Gatherings are limited to no more than two people.

COVID-19 Reminder

I ask everyone to play their part in ensuring the health and safety of one another. Maintaining the recommended 1.5m between yourself and others is an essential part of this.  

Additionally, keeping good personal hygiene is a must. Wash your hands with soap regularly and try to steer clear from touching your face, shaking hands or giving hugs.

We need to take all advice seriously and look after the vulnerable in our community.

IMPORTANT CONTACTS


General Information
https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

Latest Health Information
13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

Community Recovery Hotline
1800 173 349

Small Business Hotline
1300 654 687
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/

Federal Government Support
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

National Coronavirus Helpine
1800 020 080

Lifeline Support
13 11 14
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