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COVID-19 Special Update
Greater Brisbane Lockdown
The Greater Brisbane lockdown will end at 6pm 11 January and eased restrictions will be in place from 6pm 11 January until 1am 22 January.

Restrictions in place after the 3-day lockdown

People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:


Face Masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare
  • airports and travelling on planes.

It is recommend you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.


Home Confinement and movement

You can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.
 

Gatherings

  • Gatherings: Up to 20 people in homes and public spaces. This number includes those who live with you.
  • Weddings: Up to 100 attendees. No restriction on dancing.
  • Funerals: Up to 100 attendees.
 

Businesses and venues

This includes places of worship, conventions centres, etc. There are no restrictions on businesses opening under a COVID Safe Plan.

  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed
  • All businesses may now have:
    • one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors
    • one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.
  • Dancing is not allowed except at weddings
  • Funerals and weddings can have up to 100 attendees
  • The seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres is 50 per cent with a COVID Safe plan
  • The seated capacity of indoor concert venues and theatres is 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is greater, with a COVID Safe plan.

 

Events

Indoor events/sessions within events:
  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 500 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50 per cent seated capacity or one person per 4 square meters (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.


Outdoor events/sessions within events:

  • Fewer than 1000 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • 1000 to 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local public health unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan.

 

Visitors to aged care, disability accommodation services and hospital

Restrictions remain in place for visitors to:

  • Aged care residential facilities
  • Disability accommodation services
  • Hospitals

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

Mask Tips and Advice

For tips and advice please read the following information from Queensland Health: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/face-masks 

Australia and India pad up for Gabba Fourth Test
 

The Australia versus India Fourth test at the Gabba will go ahead this Friday which is good news for our cricket fans.

Like most elite events last year which saw Queensland host several sporting bubbles, COVID-19 has made preparing for Friday’s Test anything but routine. The Government will keep listening to the strong medical advice of the Chief Health Officer to keep Queenslanders safe and our economy strong.

Dr Jeannette Young has said new health precautions will apply to the Fourth Test at the Gabba which include:

  • Maximum daily capacity at Gabba to be capped at 50 per cent, or approximately 18,000 spectators per day;
  • Mandatory mask-wearing for game entry and exit and while moving around the stadium, including when buying food and drink;
  • An allocated checkerboard seating layout for social distancing; and
  • Existing tickets to be refunded by Cricket Australia and new ticketing arrangements put in place by CA to enable social distancing of spectators.

These precautions for the fourth Test are consistent with the SCG and the MCG for the earlier Tests to reduce the risk of seeding COVID, particularly the new UK strain detected in Greater Brisbane.

These new rules are small sacrifices to make to ensure we can enjoy cricket at the Gabba and keep Queenslanders safe. I want to thank Cricket Australia and the BCCI for working closely with the Chief Health Officer and the Queensland Government to make this a COVID-safe Test.

With the extraordinary spirit of cooperation behind the scenes, I’m confident we’re going to witness a great Test at the Gabba this week.

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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