The Entirety Of Greater Brisbane Is Plunging Into A Strict Three-Day Lockdown From 6PM Tonight

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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.

If we do not do this now, it could end up being a 30-day lockdown. So we will do a very strong 3-day lockdown in those areas,” the Premier said. 

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.

“I know this will be tough on businesses over the next few days but I am thinking about your long-term futures as well. So it is incredibly important that we take these strong measures,” Palazczuk said on Friday.

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.

“If you are leaving home, you are leaving your place of residence, from 6:00pm Friday to 6:00pm Monday and you will living in those council areas, again, let me say them – Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands – 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.

It is incredibly important in this time to stop the spread of this infectious UK strain, we must act immediately, we must act strongly and we have taken those strong measures today.”

Further information can be found on the Queensland Health website.