Three-day lockdown imposed on Greater Brisbane to stop the spread of mutant UK COVID strain.
From 6:00 pm tonight people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands will be required to stay home until 6:00 pm Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain of the virus.
All residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for one of four reasons – essential work, providing healthcare for a vulnerable person, essential shopping, or to exercise in your local neighbourhood.
Masks will also be mandated in Brisbane if residents leave their homes during the lockdown period. However, children under the age of 12 are exempt.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a harsh but necessary decision. “Think of it as a long weekend at home, we need to do this,” she said. “If we do not do this now, it could end up being a 30-day lockdown.”
For the next three days, funerals will be limited to 20 people and weddings 10 people.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young also asked people to not go to any non-essential businesses like hairdressers, nail salons, cinemas and gyms. Weekend sport has also been called off.
Posted at 10:37 am on Friday the 8th of January, 2021.
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