New South Wales residents who have recently returned from Brisbane must immediately go into a three-day lockdown after a string of popular venues were found to be exposed to the latest coronavirus outbreak.
Greater Brisbane has been ordered into a three-day lockdown after a coronavirus cluster grew to seven cases with evidence of ‘significant community transmission’.
Four new cases were reported on Monday, all of which are likely close contacts of three existing and historical cases.
NSW Health released an alert on Monday evening saying anyone that had visited the Queensland capital since March 20 must immediately self-isolate and not leave their house until Thursday at 5pm.
Residents of Byron Bay are being urged to be especially vigilant in monitoring their health and are encouraging anyone with even the mildest symptoms to get tested immediately.
A number of venues at the popular tourist destination have fallen under the immediate testing category, with anyone who attented the Byron Beach Hotel, The Farm, Mokha Cafe and Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park told to immediately seek a test and self-isolate until told otherwise.
Ghanda Clothing, Tiger Lily, Black Sheep, Quicksilver, Suffolk Bakery and the Park Hotel Bottle Shop are also in the same category.
The relevant times for the enforced isolation period can be found on the NSW Health website.
New South Wales residents who have recently returned from Brisbane must immediately go into a three-day lockdown with Byron Bay (pictured) a potential hotspot
Several venues in Byron Bay have been listed as potentially at-risk including the Beach Hotel (pictured) – anyone who attended on Friday March 26 must be tested and isolate immediately
Byron Bay is believed to have been exposed to the latest outbreak of coronavirus that originated in Brisbane
People with even the slightest of symptoms are being encouraged to seek a test immediately and self-isolate until further notice
Greater Brisbane has been ordered into a three-day lockdown after a coronavirus cluster grew to seven cases with evidence of ‘significant community transmission’
NSW Health say the lockdown will remain in place for residents who visited Brisbane since March 20 for the same duration as the Queensland mandate.
They will only be allowed to leave for essential reasons including food, medical care and exercise.
The state has also issued entry declaration forms from March 27 for people who have spent time in the Greater Brisbane area.
The forms are to help authorities track anyone who may be linked or exposed to the new outbreak of the UK strain of the virus.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the infected people have been out in the community and travelled to central Queensland and northern NSW.
To stem transmission, Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands will go into a three-day lockdown from 5pm on Monday – an area with about 2.5 million people.
‘I didn’t sleep last night so I think I am very worried, I’m very concerned,’ Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.
‘But we’ve done it before, we’ve got through this together, and I’m sure that if everyone does the right thing we will be able to get through it.’
NSW Health released an alert on Monday evening saying anyone that had visited the Queensland capital since March 20 must immediately self-isolate and not leave their house until Thursday at 5pm
New South Wales residents who have recently returned from Brisbane must immediately go into a three-day lockdown
Thousands have attempted to leave Brisbane after the three-day lockdown threw Easter long weekend plans into disarray
Brisbane residents had until 5pm on Monday to leave the state or be locked down
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown would be reviewed on Thursday, ahead of the Easter holiday break this weekend.
Greater Brisbane schools and all non-essential businesses premises must close from Monday afternoon.
‘This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing,’ the premier said.
‘This is a huge job now that we have to do because we’ve got more of this community transmission.’
It is the second Greater Brisbane lockdown this year after an earlier shutdown in January.
Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 will also come under the lockdown restrictions.
One of the cases travelled to Gladstone and Gin Gin from March 25 to March 27 and two cases visited venues in Byron Bay in NSW on March 26 and March 28.
The premier said face masks would be mandatory in Brisbane, and will need to be worn indoors throughout the rest of Queensland.
All venues outside Greater Brisbane will only be allowed to host seated patrons.
Greater Brisbane schools and all non-essential businesses premises must close from Monday afternoon
It is the second Greater Brisbane lockdown this year after an earlier shutdown in January
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says four of the new cases are linked to two men in northern Brisbane and a Princess Alexandra Hospital doctor who tested positive.
Two cases are colleagues of a Strathpine man who tested positive on Friday night, while the other cases are a doctor, who tested positive on March 12, and her sister.
Dr Young said it was unclear where the transmission occurred and genomic testing on both latter cases was underway.
‘We now have significant community transmission,’ she said.
States and territories have also moved to restrict incoming travel from Brisbane and the state.
Western Australia will close its border to the entire state of Queensland from 1201am (WST) on Tuesday.
Tasmania has shut its border to Greater Brisbane travellers, while South Australia will do so from 4pm (CST) and Victoria closes to Brisbanites from 6pm (AEDT).
Anyone from Greater Brisbane must isolate and get tested upon entering the Northern Territory and the ACT.
In NSW, people who have been in the lockdown area since March 20 are now subject to the same stay-at-home restrictions as Greater Brisbane.
Entry declarations that ask for details of visits to venues of concern are required for Greater Brisbane arrivals, and NSW Health is advising against non-essential travel to the northern city.