Queensland Premeier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today announced a 3-day hard lockdown for the entire Greater Brisbane area as the state desperately tries to manage the outbreak of the highly-contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
In a press conference on Friday morning, Palaszczuk announced that from 6pm Friday (today) to 6pm Monday, the Greater Brisbane area will be required to stay home, with the exception of the four essential reasons to leave the house.
The Greater Brisbane area encompasses the following areas: Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton, including the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands.
The lockdown will follow the same guidelines as the 2020 lockdown, which allows residents to leave the house for essential work, providing healthcare, essential shopping and exercise only.
Additionally, the state has introduced a mask mandate for the Greater Brisbane area, so basically, if you need to leave the house for one of the four essential reasons listed above, you *must* wear a mask.
Similarly to the lockdown in March and April 2020, Brisbane residents will be allowed to have two visitors to their home for the purposes of support.
Further information can be found on the Queensland Health website.