Greater Brisbane will enter a snap 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.
The lockdown begins at 6pm on Friday 8 January and will lift at 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021.
Residents in the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands council areas must stay home during that period unless they are engaged in one of four 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.
People can only leave home for four reasons: essential work, to care for or support a vulnerable person, and for essential shopping and exercise within local neighbourhoods.
Masks are mandatory for those venturing outside their households, except for children under the age of 12.
Police will be conducting additional patrols, including random intercepts, to ensure compliance. The penalty for non-compliance is a $1,300 fine.
During the three-day lockdown, funerals will be limited to 20 people, and weddings to 10.
People must not frequent non-essential businesses, including hairdressers, nail salons, cinemas and gyms. Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for takeaway service.
Weekend sporting activities have been cancelled.