Queensland avoids lockdown with new restrictions in place

New restrictions for Brisbane and several other parts of Queensland will come into effect from 4pm today.

The Queensland Government has announced a series of new restrictions following the report of six new local COVID-19 cases.

While there have been no snap lockdowns, several parts of Queensland have returned to stage 2 of the state’s “COVID Safe Future” plan with new restrictions coming into place for two weeks from 4pm today for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Moreton Bay, Palm Island and Logan

The restrictions will see restaurants and cafes return to one person per four square metres, while indoor events will be reduced to 75 percent of seated capacity, or one person per four square metres. Stadiums and sporting events will also go down to75 percent capacity, including this Sunday’s NRL grand final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. Eating and drinking will only be permitted while seated.

With 22 active cases in the state currently, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the restrictions were required in order to avoid a lockdown, with the next 24 to 48 hours critical to assess for any seeding.

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