23 September 2021 12:01

Does & Don’ts: Greater Brisbane is entering a three-day lockdown from 29 March to 1st April

From 5pm 29 March 2021, people who have been in the greater Brisbane region since the 20 March 2021 will be subject to home confinement restrictions. The impacted Local Government Areas are:

Anyone who has been in these areas on or since 20 March must follow the restrictions listed below.

Restricted areas movements – in and out

  • People in the impacted local government areas (LGAs) will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons.
  • Visitors to aged care facilitiesdisability accommodation serviceshospitals and correctional facilities in the LGAs are restricted. This restriction is for all of Queensland, including Greater Brisbane.
  • People can leave their home for a permitted purpose accompanied with people from their household or, alternatively, by one person who is not a member of their household.
  • Individuals are able to leave the Greater Brisbane area to return to their home outside of Greater Brisbane or for essential reasons (see below) but must continue to follow the lockdown rules.
  • Anyone who was in Greater Brisbane on or since 20 March but has since left must follow the same lockdown rules as for Greater Brisbane.
  • Those who transit into Greater Brisbane from surrounding areas for work, healthcare, study or to support a vulnerable person may do so if it is not reasonably practicable to make other arrangement, such as work or study from home.
  • People can enter Greater Brisbane to transit through Brisbane airport.

Reasons to leave home during the greater Brisbane lockdown period

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Legal obligations
  • Visit for end of life
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions
  • In emergency situations
  • To escape harm
  • If you entered the impacted area responding to an emergency as an emergency health services or emergency service worker or national defence, state security or police officer
  • If required to allow an essential service to occur such as the transport of freight in and out of Greater Brisbane
  • You’re directed to leave by an emergency health officer
  • You have an exemption from the Chief Health Officer

Gatherings

  • Visitors at private residences limited to two per day.
  • A person who owns, controls or operates a premises, other than a residence, must not organise or allow a gathering to occur on the premises.

Schools

Schools will be closed from Tuesday 30 March until Term 2, Monday 19 April, except for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.

Weddings and funerals

  • Weddings (ceremony) – maximum of 10 people, including celebrant and witnesses.
  • Funerals – maximum of 20 people, excluding officials.
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Because of restrictions on non-essential businesses, wedding reception or other events post weddings and funerals should be postponed.

Non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings

A person who owns, controls or operates a non-essential business, activity or undertaking in an impacted area, including operating at a private residence, must not operate the business, activity or undertaking, with limited exceptions.

  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants no dine in customers – takeaway allowed.
  • Boot camps and personal training to two people outdoors (including the trainer), with physical distancing observed.
  • Social sport is permitted, such as golf and tennis, limited to two people outdoors, with physical distancing observed.
  • Community facilities to remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. Community facilities may continue to operate if they provide formal out of school hours care. Physical distancing must be observed to the extent possible.
  • Food markets and farmers markets to continue to operate.
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections to private appointments only.

Restrictions outside of greater Brisbane (rest of Queensland)

Gatherings

Gatherings in people’s homes are limited to 30 persons in total, including the people you live with.

Vulnerable populations

Visitors to aged care facilitiesdisability accommodation serviceshospitals and correctional facilities across the state are restricted.

Non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings

Restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs can only open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed.

You can enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory

  • There are no COVID-19 hotspots in Australia.
  • The Queensland Border Declaration Pass system is not active. You do not need a border pass to enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory.

COVID Safe celebrations and holidays

Easter

We want everyone to have a safe and happy Easter. We’d like to remind all Queenslander residents and visitors to stay up to date with the latest health directions that will be in place over the long weekend and school holidays.

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Make sure you stay home when you’re sick and get tested (Opens in new window) if you have COVID-19 symptoms (Opens in new window), keep a distance of 1.5 metres from others– that’s two big steps – and wash your hands regularly.

If you are indulging this Easter, remember to drink water straight after eating any sweet treats help wash away residual sugars. Your teeth and your dentist will thank you!

If you are travelling this Easter, remember:

  • If you are flying, you must wear a face mask at all times at the airport and on the plane
  • If the space you are in is or becomes overcrowded, move elsewhere or choose to return at an off-peak time.
  • Make hygiene your number one priority when travelling. This is recommended regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel or in a camping ground. Always carry tissues and hand sanitiser.

Anzac Day

Anzac Day commemorations, including marches, parades, dawn services and other commemorative events can take place this year.

Find out more about 2021 Anzac Day commemorations—including where to find commemorations in your area.

Masks for Queensland (all of Queensland including Greater Brisbane)

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:
    • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
    • hospitals and aged care facilities
    • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
    • churches and places of worship
    • libraries
    • indoor recreational facilities and gyms (except if doing strenuous exercise*)
    • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
    • public transport, taxis and rideshare, including waiting areas and queues for this transport
    • airports and travelling on planes.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.
  • Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.
  • You can remove your masks to consume food or drink.

*Strenuous exercise is exercise in or above the aerobic zone including high-intensity interval training, cycling, running.

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