Coast residents warned not to travel to Brisbane during lockdown
The Acting Mayor of the Sunshine Coast is imploring locals not to travel to Brisbane when the city goes into three-day lockdown tonight.
Earlier this morning, the Premier announced Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands will be in lockdown from 6pm tonight until 6pm on Monday.
Rick Baberowski says it is vital people from Greater Brisbane do not visit the Sunshine Coast and coast residents don’t go there, unless they have an exemption.
“Now is the time for us to do all we can to help keep our Sunshine Coast safe and to do our bit to prevent the transmission of this variant of the COVID-19 virus throughout the Queensland community,” he says.
“Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread and I urge everyone to act responsibly.”
The lockdown rules also stipulate that anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane since January 2 is being asked to follow lockdown rules and stay where they are.
It means you can’t leave your home or accommodation unless it’s for essential shopping, essential work, health care and to exercise in the local neighbourhood.
The lockdown is to give contact tracers time to track where a Brisbane quarantine hotel cleaner visited while she was infected with the highly infectious UK strain of coronavirus.
So, what do the lockdown rules mean for you?
Guests already on the Sunshine Coast who’ve been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021:
If you have guests already staying with you who have been in the Greater Brisbane area since 2 January, these people are asked to stay where they are and follow the same lockdown rules for the lockdown period.
Greater Brisbane residents who have been in the Sunshine Coast since before 2 January 2021:
These guests are fine to continue their holiday as planned. They can enter Greater Brisbane from outside the region to return home during the lockdown period, and must abide by all restrictions once home.
Brisbane guests due to check in today before 6pm:
While the lockdown commences at 6pm AEST, the advice remains that if you’ve been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January, you should stay where you are during the lockdown period.
Brisbane guests due to check in over the weekend/after 6pm tonight:
Brisbane residents can only leave home for four essential reasons. Leisure travel is not one of the reasons.
Visitors transiting through Brisbane:
Visitors can travel through the Greater Brisbane area to get from one destination to another (e.g. From the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast; or from an area of Australia that is not a declared hotspot to an area of Queensland that is not a declared hotspot – e.g. fly from Adelaide to Brisbane and then on to Cairns). If driving, they must do so without stopping and must travel in a private vehicle, such as their own car, a rideshare car or taxi. They must not transit through the Greater Brisbane area by any other mode of transport – i.e. public transport.
Coast residents feeling unwell must get tested for coronavirus immediately at any of the local clinics:
• Caloundra Health Service
• Nambour General Hospital
• P2 car park, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
• Gympie Hospital
If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, call your doctor or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and get tested:
• Sore throat
• Shortness of breath
• Runny nose
• Loss of smell and/or taste.