‘Go hard, go early’: Brisbane in lockdown from 6pm today

Following a confirmed case of the highly infectious UK coronavirus strain, Greater Brisbane will be entering a three-day lockdown from 6pm today, Friday 8 January 2021 after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said these measures are tough but essential in keeping our community safe.

The lockdown includes the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands.

Residents must stay at home except for four key reasons:

1. To buy essentials such as groceries or medications

2. Work or study if you can’t do either from home

3. Exercise within their local area

4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support.

Anyone who has visited Brisbane since January 2 and has now moved on to other parts of the state or country will also be required to quarantine for the next three days.

Two visitors will be permitted to visit homes during this period but non-essential businesses will be forced to shutdown.

There will be a limit of 20 people at funerals and weddings over the next three days.

“It is going to be tough on everyone for these three days. What we are seeing in the UK at the moment and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“There are no second chances with this pandemic.

“Three days is better than 30.”

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