Brisbane Lockdown Extended 24 Hours, Restrictions Remain for 11 Areas

By Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson is a reporter based in Australia, with a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at caden.pearson@epochtimes.com.au
July 1, 2021 Updated: July 1, 2021

CCP virus restrictions will remain in place for two weeks in parts of Queensland’s southeast and north, although the lockdowns will end for certain local government areas from Friday night.

This comes as three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, were reported on Friday morning. Two of the cases are a mother and daughter from Carindale who visited a large number of places in Brisbane while infectious.

“We really need our contact tracers, and this is the advice of Dr. Young, to really get on top of this issue quickly today,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday morning.

The third case was the partner of a previous case who worked at Brisbane Airport.

As a result, the snap lockdown will remain in place for the next 24 hours for Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

But Palaszczuk, describing the targeted approach as “mixed bag,” said lockdown restrictions would end for Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, and Townsville.

In locations where the lockdown is due to end, residents must carry a mask at all times when outside the home and wear them indoors or where social distancing isn’t possible.

Referring to face masks, the premier said, “This is our added protection at the moment until everyone gets their vaccine.”

When eating or drinking in a cafe or restaurant, people must be seated, and businesses and venues have to apply the one person per four square meters inside and one person per two square meters outdoors.

Private gatherings are restricted to 30 people, and up to 100 people can attend weddings and funerals, with only 20 people allowed to dance at a wedding.

Smaller venues up to 200 square meters are allowed one person per two square meters with a maximum of 50 people.

Residents in the Brisbane and Moreton council areas can only leave home for essential shopping, exercising, essential work or study that cannot be done from home, caregiving, or access healthcare, including getting vaccinated against the CCP virus.

The lockdown will be reviewed on Saturday morning.

Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson
Caden Pearson is a reporter based in Australia, with a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at caden.pearson@epochtimes.com.au