Greater Brisbane on track to lift restrictions

The Greater Brisbane region, which includes Ipswich, is 100 per cent on track to lift additional COVID-19 restrictions on Friday according to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The Premier said restrictions would be lifted so long as everything goes well in the next 24 hours.

“We’ve got one more day to go,” the Premier said.

“It’s all looking very positive and we will be able to advise the Greater Brisbane region tomorrow whether or not those restrictions will be able to ease.”

It comes as the state recorded two new cases overnight, both are returned travellers from the United States detected in hotel quarantine.

The pair are now in hospital.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was important Queenslanders continue to get tested following positive sewerage results across the state.

“We have got some positive sewerage results in the Gold Coast, which is to be expected given all of these cases that we’re seeing down there in hotel quarantine,” Dr Young said.

“We do have another positive sewerage result in Cairns North and we do know we had that case up there that was recently shedding.

“Also, we’ve had a positive sewerage in Cannonvale in Mackay.

“[It is] really important that anyone, anywhere in the state, has any symptoms at all, please come forward and get tested, and isolate until you get a result.

“That will then keep us all safe as we go forward.”

Almost 8.000 Queenslanders have been tested over the past 24 hours.

Restrictions are in place until 22 January for the Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Redlands areas.

Restrictions at a glance

  • You must carry a mask at all times.
  • Masks must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, places of worship, libraries, public transport, and taxis and rideshare vehicles.
  • Masks must be worn in workplaces if social distancing isn’t possible and it’s safe to do so.
  • You don’t need to wear a mask in private vehicles, while outdoors at a safe distance from other people or if you’re doing strenuous exercise.
  • Businesses and venues can have one person per 4 square metres indoors and one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Smaller venues up to 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres up to a maximum of 50.
  • You must be seated to eat and drink, and no dancing is allowed except at weddings.
  • Gatherings are restricted to 20 people in homes and public spaces.
  • Weddings and funerals can have up to 100 people, and dancing is allowed at weddings without restrictions.
  • Indoor concert venues and theatres can operate at 50 per cent capacity or one person per four square metres, whichever is greater.
  • Outdoor stadiums can operate at 50 per cent capacity with COVID-safe plans.
  • Restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and prisons will remain.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia.

People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

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