July 2, 2021
The State Government has extended the COVID lockdown in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay council areas until 6:00pm on Saturday (July 3).
The lockdown in the other 11 council regions – Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Palm Island, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Townsville City (including Magnetic Island) – will end as planned at 6:00pm on Friday night (July 2).
However, restrictions will continue to apply for another two weeks in all 13 council areas, including mask wearing.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the extended lockdown measures for Brisbane and Moreton Bay were essential as three new cases had been detected overnight.
These people had spent time in the community across the Brisbane region.
“Two of the new cases are household contacts, however they are not known contacts of existing cases,” Dr Young said.
“We are continuing investigations to determine how these two cases were infected.
“The third new case is the partner of the international airport worker identified yesterday. Serology has identified that he caught the virus before his partner and further contact tracing is required.
“I strongly encourage people to keep a close eye on the exposure locations on our website throughout the day. As soon as the exposure sites and associated times are confirmed, we will add these to our website.
“If you have been to any of these locations at the relevant times, you must follow the health advice.’
The list of exposure venues is available on the Queensland Health website
“This additional 24 hours is essential to give our contact tracers time to identify close and casual contacts,” Dr Young said.
“We need to do this to continue limiting any potential spread and keep our community safe.
The situation will continue to be monitored and an update will be provided on Saturday.
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Queensland Health has reminded people currently in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions who leave the impacted area to return home must continue to follow the lockdown restrictions, no matter where they are.
People in the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Palm Island, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Townsville City (including Magnetic Island) council areas must carry a face mask at all times when they leave home.
They must also wear a mask at:
- Shopping centres and supermarkets
- Indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and cannot physically distance)
- Public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
- Airports and travelling on planes.
Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years; where people have certain medical conditions; and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so. Masks do not need to be worn outside when exercising.
People who leave any of the Local Government Areas that have restrictions in place, are still be required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors wherever they are in the State.
Venue capacity will be limited to one person per four square metres; only 30 people in a residence at any one time, including residents and children; weddings and funerals will be limited to 100 people. Dancing will only be allowed at weddings for 20 people at any one time.
Statewide restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities will continue to apply with no personal visitors allowed for the next two weeks.
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