The lockdown of more than 2.3 million south-east Queensland residents will end as scheduled at 6pm after the state recorded no new locally-acquired coronavirus cases on Monday.

While the Greater Brisbane lockdown is set to end tonight, the Queensland Government has announced new rules on wearing masks.Credit:Tertius Pickard

There were four new cases detected in hotel quarantine, taking the state’s total to 25 active cases.

There were 18,904 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

For the next 10 days, masks must still be worn in shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets, hospitals, aged care facilities, places of worship, gyms, public transport and ride-share services.

The stay-at-home restrictions came into effect at 6pm on Friday amid fears of a community outbreak of a highly-infectious strain of COVID-19, which first emerged in the United Kingdom.

The three-day lockdown was triggered by a Brisbane cleaner working in a quarantine hotel, the Hotel Grand Chancellor, tested positive for the UK strain.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not ruled out parts of the state going back into lockdown if there is a new coronavirus case identified in coming days.

“It depends if it is from this UK variant,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is a whole new ball game. It is something we have never seen before and this could happen in Victoria, it could happen in South Australia, Western Australia, it could happen to any state at any time.

“I don’t have a crystal ball but this is fantastic news today and what we are saying is for the next ten days when you are going into those public indoor areas we need you to wear your mask and especially on public transport as well.”

Ms Palaszczuk stressed “you’ll have to carry a face mask with you at all times”.

Masks: the rules

Gathering restrictions will remain in place across Brisbane for the next 10 days as the city works to stamp out any chance of a mutant strain of COVID-19 spreading in the community.

Greater Brisbane, including Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay. Logan and Redland council areas, will be subject to new restrictions until 1am January 22.

Businesses and venues:

Gatherings:

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