The three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane will conclude at 6pm tonight following an announcement by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, confirming zero new cases of community transmission overnight with four cases in hotel quarantine.
In a press conference held 11 January 2021, the Premier announced that although the lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area would conclude at 6pm tonight (11 January) there would be some restrictions implemented during the next 10 days until 1am 22 January, which include the wearing of masks.
The affected areas include: the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands.
Masks are mandatory in all in indoor spaces, except in the home, including:
- shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
- hospitals and aged care facilities
- churches and places of worship
- 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 strongly recommended masks are worn when outdoors if 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.
In addition to regulations regarding the wearing of masks, the Premier announced that there would be some further restrictions regarding public 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.
The Premier also addressed when masks would be mandatory in the workplace.
“In indoor workplaces where you can socially distance you don’t have to wear a mask but where you can’t socially distance we ask you to put a mask on. You must also wear a mask on public transport, in taxis and ride shares. You do not have to wear a mask if you are in your own home or if you have your family in your own vehicle. So, when in doubt, wear a mask, that is very simple,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It is for 10 days only and then hopefully if we get zero community transmission over those 10 days, then we can just go back to the rest of Queensland.”