Palaszczuk announces when Greater Brisbane’s lockdown will end


Karlie Brady


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the three-day lockdown in Greater Brisbane will be lifted from midday today however masks across the state are here to stay for the next 14 days.

In the past 24 hours Queensland has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, however, nine of them were detected in hotel quarantine, while only one was locally acquired and was a known link to a Byron Bay hens’ party cluster and was in isolation.

“Easter is good to go,” Ms Palaszczuk said following no unlinked cases in the community and high numbers of testing across the state.

The lockdown had been slated to end late this afternoon however the Premier said it was brought forward to avoid a rush of cars on the road at 5:00pm as people travel for Easter.

- When and where you must were a face mask in the Far North

A number of restrictions will remain across the entire state, including in the Douglas Shire, until at least Thursday 15 April including:

  • Mandatory masks in public indoor spaces, including shopping centres, indoor workplaces and public transport
  • Masks must be carried whenever you leave home
  • Patrons must remain seated at food and beverage establishments and the two-square-metre rule will apply
  • Household gatherings will be limited to 30 people
  • No dancing in public venues
  • Outdoor events can proceed with a COVID-safe plan but if attendees are unable to socially distance, masks must be worn
  • No personal visitors allowed at aged care homes, disability care, hospitals and correctional facilities, with some exceptions for end-of-life care

Ms Palaszczuk said all Queenslanders need to carry a mask with them when they leave their home.

“We will also ask you to wear those masks in indoor spaces, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, indoor workplaces and public transport,” Palaszczuk said.

“If you are outdoors and you cannot socially distance, put a mask on, it is as simple as that.

“We’re not out of the woods yet.

“For the next two weeks if we all do the right thing we can get through this together,” she said.

Easter church services are permitted so long as they can abide by the two square metre rule.

They can be at 100 per cent capacity if people are seated and it is a ticketed event.

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