Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced from 6pm Friday January 8, Brisbane will go into a tough lockdown for three days.
From 6pm Friday to 6pm Monday, those in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands will go into lockdown.
“We are going to go hard and we are going to go early to stop the spread of this virus,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Friday morning.
“Think of it as a long weekend at home.
“If we do not do this now, it could end up being a 30-day lockdown.”
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Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential work, health or compassionate care, exercise and essential shopping. Residents have been asked to avoid non-essential activities such as attending gyms, cinemas, and hair and nail salons.
Masks will also be mandatory in Greater Brisbane.
Ms Palaszczuk said Greater Brisbane has officially been declared a COVID hotspot.
“I’m also asking my colleagues from other jurisdictions to also declare Greater Brisbane a hotspot until we get through this together,” she said.
The lockdown comes after a cleaner at a hotel quarantine became infected with the UK variant of COVID-19 that’s been shown to be 70 per cent more infectious.
The state recorded nine new cases on Friday, all been returned travellers in hotel quarantine.