BREAKING | Restrictions tightened for Queensland LGAs as lockdown avoided
There will be no lockdowns for Brisbane or the Gold Coast despite Queensland recording a total six locally-acquired cases of coronavirus overnight.
From 4pm today, Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, the Gold Coast, Townsville and Palm Island will return to Stage 2 restrictions.
This means public and private gatherings will be limited to 30 people and weddings and funerals will be capped at 100.
Hospitality venues will return to one person per four square metres.
Capacity at stadiums and events will be decreased to 75 per cent, including for the NRL Grand Final.
Four of today’s cases have been linked to the aviation cluster, including a pilot who tested positive after flying to Townsville.
It’s believed an event on September 21 facilitated the spread of the virus.
“We haven’t had general community spread from them,” said Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.
“All of those cases have either been people who were either at that meeting or close links to someone who was.”
A Cannon Hill woman who visited Kyogle in NSW has also tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19.
Finally, a woman tested positive in hotel quarantine after arriving from Melbourne on Virgin flight VA333.
She also has the delta variant.
“Although we haven’t seen any community cases expand out from any these known clusters, there are so many of them now, which is a concern,” Dr Young continued.
“I think it’s important that we do put some restrictions back in place, which I advised the Premier this morning.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk didn’t rule out implementing a lockdown in the coming days.
“It’s going to depend each day how things progress in this state.
“Whether Queenslanders wear their masks, whether they go and get tested and the fact they need to go and get vaccinated.”
She denied the NRL Grand Final has had any influence over health decisions.
“Let me make it very clear that the health of Queenslanders comes first.
“As soon as Dr Young says we need to go into lockdown, we will.”
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