11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Queensland are going into a snap three-day lockdown from 4 PM today.
The 11 LGAs that currently have mask-wearing requirements will go in a lockdown from 4 PM today till 4 PM Tuesday, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced at this morning’s COVID-19 press conference update.
The LGAs that will be in lockdown include:
- Brisbane City
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Gold Coast
- Locker Valley Regional Council
- Logan City
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redland City
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
The news comes after today’s six locally acquired cases, all linked to the case confirmed yesterday.
“That means there are six confirmed locally acquired cases—all linked to the case that we notified yesterday, the Indooroopilly State High School student who lives in Taringa,” Miles said.
“The new cases are their family members—both parents and two siblings—and a medical student who tutors the students, as well as a staff member from Ironside State School, which is where one of the siblings attends.”
That medical student, Queensland Chief Medical Officer Jeanette Young said, has reportedly been to “a lot of places”, including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the University of Queensland, and the Translational Research Institute. She also has a sibling who works in a hospital and contract tracers are urgently investigating the matter.
What can I do in the three-day Queensland lockdown?
- Go grocery shopping but must wear a mask indoors.
- Leave home for essential work, school, or childcare. Note: school or child care is only for essential workers or vulnerable families, and teachers and students must wear masks at school.
- Exercise outdoors with one person not from your household, but only within 10km of your home.
- Leave home for medical reasons, to care for somebody else who needs assistance, or to get a COVID-19 vaccination or test.
Miles said that the Queensland Government hopes to jump onto this spread early with a short lockdown, and is working on a compensation package for people affected by it.
“It is our intention that this is a short lockdown and that we can deal with this outbreak within days,” he said.
“Because we know that that’s the best way for businesses to recover, the best way to keep people in work, the best way to keep our economy going. But we also acknowledge that this lockdown has come not long after the last one, and that’s why for this lockdown we will seek to have a compensation package in place.
“We will work through the details of that today.”
Head to the Queensland Health website for more.