Greater Brisbane’s strict lockdown will end at 6pm tonight.
But the need for some sensible precautions will remain in the Greater Brisbane hotspot, and for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since January 2, for a further 10 days.
Until 1am, Friday January 22:
- Must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles
- Must be carried at all times
- Are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people (for example, walking a dog), in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise
BUSINESSES AND VENUES
- Indoors: 1 person per 4 sqm
- Outdoors: 1 person per 2 sqm
- Seated eating and drinking only
- Smaller venues up to 200 sqm: 1 person per 2sqm up to a maximum of 50
- No dancing except for weddings
- Up to 20 in homes and public spaces
- Weddings: up to 100. No restriction on dancing
- Funerals: up to 100
- Indoor concert venues or theatres: 50% capacity or 1 person per 4 sqm whichever is greater
- Outdoor stadiums: 50% capacity with COVID-safe plans
Restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and prisons remain.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the gradual easing of restrictions follows the best health advice.
“The evidence tells us the lockdown has done its job,” the Premier said.
“Dr Young has asked for these further 10 days of measures in the Greater Brisbane area.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry and it’s better to be sure.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said this was the first step in easing out of the lockdown restrictions.
“We must not get complacent,” Minister D’Ath said.
“This decision was not made lightly. We know this new variant is much more contagious, which is why it is so important we continue to have some restrictions in place for a short period of time.
“We must remember why we are doing this – to protect ourselves, and the people around us, especially those most vulnerable.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the measures mirror those in other states.
“The pandemic is still with us,” Dr Young said.
“We have achieved so much this past weekend.
“It’s important we come out of it carefully and sensibly.”
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath