September 30, 2021

COVID-19 restrictions have been tightened again in six Queensland council areas: Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island.

This follows the announcement on Thursday morning of six new cases in the State.

The six Council areas will return to Stage 2 restrictions at 4:00pm on Thursday, which means:

  • The number of people allowed in a home has been reduced to 30, including visitors, residents, and children
  • Weddings and funerals will be capped at 100; a maximum of 20 will be allowed to dance at weddings
  • Restaurants and cafes will return to one person per 4 sq m; dancing will be banned at venues
  • Visitors will be restricted at hospitals and aged care, disability services and corrections facilities.
  • Mask rules

Capacity at sporting events will also decrease to 75 per cent, including Sunday’s NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

There are currently 22 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, with health authorities investigating nine unconnected incidents.

Four of the six new cases announced on Thursday are linked to the aviation cluster from earlier this week, including a person who travelled to Townsville.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said it was believed the aviation cases became infected at an event on September 20, but that was still to be clarified. There are now eight cases linked to this cluster, with seven people in Queensland and one in NSW.

“As a result of those people being out in the community and infectious from the 21st, we have multiple exposure venues across Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast and Townsville,” Dr Young said.

The fifth new case is a woman who lives in Camp Hill and travelled to Kyogle in NSW where she became infected. She is believed to have been infectious in the community since September 25.

The sixth case is a Queensland resident who flew home from Victoria and went into hotel quarantine.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Stage 2 restrictions were needed in response to the new cases, including the man who had been active in the Townsville community while infectious.

“The next 24-48 hours are absolutely crucial,” the Premier said.

“I’m asking all Queenslanders to check the list of locations, follow the health advice, and please come forward for testing if you have any symptoms at all.

“And keep doing the things you know how to do so well – wear your masks, check in at venues, wash your hands, socially distance, and stay home if you’re sick.

“Above all, get vaccinated.

“Getting vaccinated will help protect you and your loved ones, and reduce the risk of spread in the community.”

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