Queenslanders urged to wear masks as Greater Brisbane goes into lockdown

Wearing masks indoors will be compulsory for Queenslanders across the next three days. Picture: FILE

Queenslanders are being urged to wear masks when indoors, except within their home, including in workplaces, ride shares and on public transport.

This comes as Greater Brisbane prepares to go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm on Monday, 29 March.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said these measures were put in place after cases of Covid-19 transmission were detected in the community.

From 5pm on Monday, residents in the local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands can only leave home for one of these four reasons.

1. To buy essentials such as groceries or medications

2. Work or study if you can’t do either from home

3. Exercise in your local area

4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support

Residents of these areas must also wear masks indoors except at home, including in ride shares, on public transport and in workplaces.

Cafés, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service.

Schools in the locked down areas will remain open for children of essential workers.

“To keep our most vulnerable Queenslanders safe, aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will close to visitors across the state,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“These measures are tough, but they are important to keep our community safe.”

The restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday evening.

As of Monday, 19 March Queensland has a total of 73 active cases of coronavirus.

This includes six new overseas acquired cases detected in hotel quarantine.

There has also been four new locally acquired cases recorded in Queensland overnight -two are linked and two are under investigation.

Keep up social distancing and good hand hygiene. If you are unwell, stay home and immediately call your GP or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to arrange a test. Please check the Queensland Health website for testing locations near you: bit.ly/QLDfeverclinics