Several areas of Queensland will be plunged into a three-day lockdown following the multiple new COVID-19 community cases in the state.
From 6pm today, residents of Townsville, Palm Island, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast will only be allowed to leave their homes for select reasons.
The lockdown will initially run until 6pm on Friday.
Lockdown rules explained
Residents in the affected areas can only leave their homes for four reasons:
- buying essentials such as groceries or medications;
- travelling to work or study if it cannot be done from home;
- visiting a healthcare centre or providing help, care or support.
Further restrictions include:
- 2-visitor limit in homes (excluding volunteers and workers)
- 20 person limit allowed to attend funerals
- 10 person limit allowed to attend weddings
- no dancing or singing is allowed
- restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide take away or home delivery.
If exercising outside, you’re allowed to be with your household group and/or one other person not from your household.
Indoor gyms, cinemas, entertainment venues, recreational venues, beauty, personal care and places of worship will all be forced to close.
Aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will also be closed to visitors.
Childcare centres will be allowed to remain open.
Residents are required to continue to wear a mask when they leave their home unless they have an exempt medical condition or are going to a workplace where it is not safe to do so, in accordance with Queensland’s two-week mask mandate.
Masks may be removed when sitting down to eat and drink, undertaking strenuous exercise and for employment purposes.
Apartment Buildings and Body Corporates
Body corporate committees should communicate and advise/encourage residents to wear masks on common property, including lifts, stairwells and corridors.
Common facilities such as gyms and pool areas should be closed for the duration of the lockdown.
For more information see the Queensland Government’s info for COVID-19 in bodies corporate.
While Stratacare will endeavour to provide the most-up-to-date information and advice that is available, please note that your best source of information on Covid-19 is always the Government and relevant Health Authorities.