A quick lockdown in Brisbane, a day out after Easter weekend, created chaos for commuters at Brisbane Airport as thousands attempted to flee the city.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk ordered a three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane from 5:00 p.m. on Monday, after four new community coronavirus cases were discovered in the past 24 hours.
‘I know this is a very big conversation. I know it’s very hard, but let’s do it now and let’s get it right, ”she told reporters.
Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 has been told to stick to the lockdown.
Brisbane Airport was inundated with anxious travelers on Monday afternoon as residents tried to book last-minute flights from the Queensland capital on time.
A quick lockdown in Brisbane, a day out after Easter weekend, has created chaos for Brisbane Airport commuters and threatens to cause national disarray
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered a three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane from 5pm Monday
Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 has been told to stick to the lockdown
Victoria has declared Greater Brisbane a ‘red zone’ under its travel authorization system from 6pm AEDT.
All Queenslanders will be locked out of Western Australia from midnight, unless exempted, after the McGowan government reintroduces a hard border.
The hardline measure also applies to anyone from other states who has been in Queensland since March 27.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said her state would not close the border, but asked residents looking north during the Easter holidays to change their plans.
South Australia imposed a hard border on Monday afternoon, banning entry from Greater Brisbane and demanding the testing and isolation of those arriving since March 20.
Restrictions have also been imposed in the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Thousands try to fly out of Brisbane in anticipation of the three-day lockdown
The hardline measure also applies to anyone from other states who has been in Queensland since March 27
Victoria has declared Greater Brisbane a ‘red zone’ under its travel authorization system from 6pm AEDT
Shoppers line up for a Brisbane Woolworths as the state prepares for a three-day lockdown
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the swift block, saying it would allow Queensland health authorities to monitor the latest outbreak.
“Thank you to all residents of the Greater Brisbane area for your patience and cooperation as you head towards yet another three-day lockdown,” he wrote on Facebook.
‘Australia has been here many times before, be it the recent outbreaks in Queensland, NSW, Victoria or South Australia, so we all know what to do.’
But questions have arisen as to whether it would have been necessary if the vaccine had been rolled out more quickly.
Ms. Palaszczuk did a subtle dig at the federal government for the slow rollout of vaccinations.
She said local outbreaks and lockdowns would be part of the Australian way of life until everyone was vaccinated.
“It is very important that the roll-out of vaccinations continues and that people continue to book with their GP, especially those GPs who administer the vaccine,” said the prime minister.
“But as long as the population is not vaccinated, there is of course the risk of transmission by the community.”
Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese expressed similar concerns.
‘It just confirms what people have been saying for a long time: the rollout of the vaccine is our ticket out of this pandemic. We have to squirm, ”he said.
Virgin Australia asked customers to ensure that they check the latest information on government health websites before traveling and that alerted flight schedules can be adjusted.
Virgin Australia asked customers to ensure that they check the latest information on government health websites before traveling and that alerted flight schedules can be adjusted
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the quick lock, saying it would allow Queensland health authorities to monitor the latest outbreak
Queensland Prime Minister said local outbreaks and lockdowns would be part of the Australian way of life until everyone was vaccinated
More than 541,000 Australians have received their first vaccines, including 259,000 in the past week.
82,500 elderly care residents have been vaccinated in 795 institutions.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed that asymptomatic testing is allowed in Greater Brisbane.
Vaccination is a legitimate excuse to leave home during lockdown.
The elderly care response teams also take preventive measures in case of dispersion.
The blockage will cause major problems for families planning to visit Brisbane for Easter, as well as for the many thousands of hospitality and tourism businesses that rely on their businesses.
It also comes just a day after JobKeeper’s payments are finalized, leaving nearly one million Australian workers facing an uncertain future.
The Treasury estimates that up to 150,000 jobs could be lost without the wage subsidies, with around 100,000 vulnerable businesses expected to collapse.