e-blast: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Greater Brisbane Region Lockdown 8 January 2021
This morning, the Queensland Premier announced that the greater Brisbane area will enter a three-day lockdown from 6pm tonight (8 January 2021) to stop the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
This means that from 6pm tonight until 6pm Monday (11 January 2021), people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for:
Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
When doing any activity outside your house during this period you must wear a mask.
Masks are not required while eating and drinking or if an exemption applies. For example, a person affected by a medical or mental health condition or disability is not required to wear a mask.
QDN is in contact with government to clarify this exemption for people with health conditions and will update members as soon as more information is available.
During the lockdown period, no more than two visitors can visit a household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household). This limit does NOT include care workers.
The restrictions also mean no visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities. Queensland Health has indicated that a support person can accompany people with disability attending a hospital. A support person can be any person providing care or support to a person required to attend a hospital. A support person may be an informal carer or family member of a person with a disability.
For a full list of restrictions and answers to many frequently asked questions, Queensland Health has developed a useful information page that you can find here.
If you have no means of getting food or essential items, you can call the Queensland Government’s Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349. The hotline is also available to support vulnerable people who have no other means of support.
A reminder that QDN has also developed some practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs during this COVID-19 situation. Your emergency plan for COVID-19 can be found here or by clicking the below link:
QDN will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please note the QDN office will be closed Monday, 11 January and Tuesday, 12 January, but we will still be working via phone (1300 363 783) and by emailing email@example.com.