Queensland is walking back with a promise that there will be no more lockdown as Greater Brisbane said it would stay at home
Greater Brisbane has been plunged into a quick three-day blockage, despite promises from health authorities that the severe restriction would never come again.
More than two million residents are only allowed to leave their homes for four essential reasons in Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands from 5pm Monday.
Schools will be closed and businesses will have no choice but to close their shops on a few days outside of school and Easter holidays, touted as one of the busiest times for the hospitality and tourism industries.
Wes Lamber, CEO of Restaurant and Catering Australia, expects $ 50 million in tourism and hospitality revenues to be lost when the state enters Easter.
“With one of the busiest tourist periods ahead, this announcement means one thing for thousands of Queensland restaurants and cafes: chaos,” said Mr Lamber.
Health authorities have left a red face after promising an end to the days of widespread lockdown.
Greater Brisbane has been plunged into a quick three-day lockdown despite health authorities’ promise that the severe restriction would never come again (photo, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on Monday)
Only on March 19, Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, boasted that health authorities had 12 months to refine an effective contact tracing system so that widespread lockdowns would no longer be necessary
More than two million residents are only allowed to leave their homes for four essential reasons in Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands from Monday 5pm
As recently as March 19, Jeannette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, boasted that health authorities had 12 months to refine an effective contact tracing system so that widespread lockdowns would no longer be necessary.
“Absolutely, there is no need to lock when we have such reactions,” said Dr. Young.
“We did it beautifully, absolutely beautiful.”
Dr. Young said authorities would only detain the most vulnerable if there was ever a risk of another Covid-19 outbreak.
The promise came after a doctor at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane discovered on March 12 that he was carrying the British variant of Covid-19.
Brisbane’s hospitals, old people’s homes, prisons and disabled facilities were all shut down harshly and authorities were convinced they had stopped the spread of the virus.
Then health authorities revealed on Friday that a 26-year-old Stafford man had tested positive for the British variant of the virus.
He was reconnected with the Princess Alexandra Hospital cluster and it was revealed that he had been in the community since March 19 while he was contagious.
Now authorities believe there is still an unidentified interim case that passed the virus from the hospital to the Stafford man.
Authorities will work over the next three days to stop the virus from spreading, while millions of residents will be forced to put their lives on hold and wait indoors.
Restaurant and Catering Australia CEO Wes Lamber said tens of millions of dollars in revenue will be lost as a result of the lockdown.
“ This means more staff withdrawals, up to $ 50 million in lost revenue and nearly $ 15 million in products and supplies thrown away, with more debt piling up, ” he said.
Shoppers wait outside a Coles in Brisbane’s New Farm as Ms. Palaszczuk urges the city’s residents not to panic, despite the lockdown announcement.
Shoppers outside a Woolworths in Newstead in north Brisbane form a social queue as they prepare for their final three-day lockdown
Cars lined up for a drive-through clinic outside a Covid-19 testing clinic in Bowen Hills on Monday
Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia have also reintroduced border restrictions and require travelers from Queensland’s hotspots to isolate themselves for 14 days (pictured, the health worker collects information from the driver standing in line at the Covid-19 test site )
This lockdown is different. There is no JobKeeper safety net for these companies and little to no support will come until the lockdown is over. ‘
Daily Mail Australia reached out to the Queensland Department of Health for comment.
Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia have also reintroduced border restrictions and require travelers from Queensland’s hot spots to isolate themselves for 14 days.
Passengers from Sydney were filmed filming a Jetstar flight to the Sunshine State after being told by cabin crew that Brisbane had gone into lockdown.
The UK coronavirus strain – known as B117 – is believed to be at least 50 percent more transmissible than other variants.
Under the new rules, only two visitors are allowed in the house, and restaurants and cafes are limited to take-out meals only.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday that the state has registered four new local cases of Covid-19 and quarantined six from hotels.
Ms Palaszczuk said she declared the whole of Greater Brisbane a hotspot from 5pm and called on other states and territories to do the same.
“There is more community transmission now, and these people have been out and about in the community, and Queensland Health is a cause for concern,” she said.
A health professional performs a Covid-19 smear test on a driver at Bowen Hills clinic in Brisbane
Residents rushed to the Covid-19 testing clinics on Monday after the prime minister announced a quick three-day lockdown.
BRISBANE’S THREE DAYS LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW RULES
Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown begins at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 29, after a new cluster of Covid cases has grown to seven
This includes Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands
– Schools, restaurants, pubs and cafes are closed, but can be collected
– People can only leave their home for four essential reasons: essential work, essential shopping, medical care and exercise
– Masks are mandatory everywhere within Greater Brisbane
– Pubs, cafes and restaurants outside of Greater Brisbane will have to ensure that all customers are seated
– In the rest of Queensland, there is a limit of 30 people for family gatherings
“This also allows our health authorities to get on top of the contact search,” she said.
‘I know this will be a disruption to people’s lives, but we’ve done this before, and we’ve gotten through it three days in the past, and if everyone does the right thing I’m sure we can get through it come. ‘
One of the suitcases had traveled to Gladstone. Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 will also be subject to restrictions.
A nurse who worked in a Covid-19 ward and her sister also spent time in the Byron Bay area while contagious.
Queensland Health is waiting for genomic testing to find out if she contracted the virus while working on the ward.
Authorities will work over the next three days to stop the virus from spreading, while millions of residents will be forced to put their lives on hold and wait indoors (photo, Brisbane shuts down in January)