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Queensland lockdown: Full list of restrictions for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville

Millions of Queenslanders are anxiously waiting to see if the three-day lockdown will be extended past 6pm tonight.

Millions of Queenslanders are anxiously waiting to see if the three-day lockdown will be extended past 6pm tonight.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Thursday that the fact there were only two locally acquired cases overnight was “very encouraging news”.

“We are very encouraged at the moment that we’ve only really got those two cases,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane.

“We have had record tests in the past 24 hours and we have had again a record vaccine number delivered. All of this and the fact that we are not seeing more wide-scale community cases is very encouraging.”

But the Premier warned “we’re not out of the woods yet”.

“We’ve got got another 24 hours to see what happens and we will update you tomorrow in relation to whether or not we can (end) lockdown,” she said.

She will deliver her verdict at her daily press conference this morning.

Ms Palaszczuk called the snap Covid-19 lockdown for south-east Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island on Tuesday after a two new locally acquired cases of the virus were detected.

One of them was a Brisbane hospital receptionist who had spent 10 days in the community while infectious with the Delta variant.

Speaking on the ABC’s QandA on Thursday night, Ms Palaszczuk said Australia simply could not contain new variant with its current systems, pointing to hotel quarantine breaches in nearly every state.

“I’m telling you we can’t contain this virus,” she said.

“It is now the most infectious strain, the Delta variant, it is going to be more and more difficult to contain it when we have something like 3000 people in our hotel quarantine.”

Yesterday, The Courier-Mail reported that contingency plans to extend lockdown were being drawn up as health authorities anxiously awaited thousands of test results, as dozens of exposure sites were listed across the state including supermarkets, fast food outlets, shopping centres and flights.

The Premier said on Tuesday that she would wait until Friday morning before making a final decision on whether to end the restrictions.

“Hopefully we can get through these three days, fingers crossed, and things will be able to return to normal,” she said.

So far the latest outbreaks do not appear to have gotten out of control.

On the first day of lockdown, three new locally acquired cases were announced, one of them the brother of the hospital receptionist.

But only two were announced yesterday, neither of them connected to the hospital outbreak.

One was linked to the Portuguese restaurant cluster and was already in quarantine.

The other was a 37-year-old woman who works at the Qatar Airways check-in counter at Brisbane International Airport.

“She has been to very limited places around her local area,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young was asked whether she was surprised there had not been more cases linked to the hospital receptionist due to the highly transmissible nature of the Delta variant.

The previous day, Dr Young had said she was “running out of ideas” as the state battled multiple clusters at once, three involving the Delta variant, which she said was “virtually impossible to control”.

“It’s still early,” she said on Thursday.

“We’ve got to see 14 days. These three days that we are in at the moment in lockdown gives us the opportunity to make sure we’ve found everyone and we’ve got them in quarantine. It’s too early to be confident we won’t get more cases.”

But Dr Young said she was hopeful lockdown would lift at 6pm tonight.

“I’m very encouraged,” she said.

“But I’ve got to say we have another 24 hours. Five incidents we are now having to manage with this additional one related to the International Airport. That’s a lot. Each incident in and of itself I’m pretty confident about. They have all been very well managed and low risk, but five of them simultaneously is a lot, so we have to wait to see how we go.”

Queensland restrictions

Stay-at-home orders are now in place for southeast Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island.

The 11 southeast Queensland local government areas affected are Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset.

People in those areas can only leave their home for four “essential reasons”:

  • To buy essentials such as groceries or medications
  • Work or study if you can’t do either from home
  • Exercise in your local area
  • Healthcare or to provide help, care or support

Other restrictions are also now in place:

  • Masks are mandatory outside the home
  • Funerals are limited to 20 people and weddings to just 10, with no singing or dancing allowed
  • Only two visitors are allowed in homes, including children
  • Restaurants, pubs and cafes are limited to takeaway or home delivery only
  • Places of worship, gyms, cinemas, entertainment and recreational venues, and beauty and personal care services are closed
  • Aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers are closed to visitors

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