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Monday, June 24, 2024

Restrictions resume for Queenslanders

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on Queenslanders to once again mask up to stop the spread of COVID-19 as the state records three new cases of the virus.

The Premier said the discovery of additional cases of community transfer in Queensland and the risk of the highly infectious Delta strain has prompted a return to increased restrictions including the use of masks.

She confirmed that a female mine worker who had returned from the Northern Territory to Queensland had the Delta strain of the virus.

The woman was from the Bli Bli area on the Sunshine Coast but was now in hospital.

Under the new restrictions for Queenslanders, from 1am tomorrow:

  • Masks are required whenever you leave home including on public transport, in taxis and rideshare, and in shopping centres and supermarkets, hospitals and aged care facilities, restaurants and cafes, churches and indoor workplaces (where social distancing isn’t possible).
  • Only 30 people are allowed in your home
  • Wedding ceremonies and funerals can have 100 attendees
  • Indoor venues are allowed one person per four square metres

These measures are for the following local council areas only:

  • Noosa
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Logan
  • Redlands
  • Moreton
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Scenic Rim
  • Lockyer Valley, and
  • Somerset

The Premier said the measures will be in place for the next two weeks.

“These are important measures we know will work because they have worked before,” the Premier said.

“I’m calling on everyone to wear a mask and help us stop the spread of this new strain and keep our community safe.”

Two of the three new cases of COVID-19 were acquired locally and one was acquired overseas and detected while in hotel quarantine.

One of the locally-transmitted cases is connected to the Portugese Family Centre.

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