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COVID-19 Update

Greater Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown from 6pm tonight

The Queensland Government has today announced from 6pm tonight until 6pm Monday, Greater Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown to stop the spread of the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.

People in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home, except for essential reasons listed here.  

People should not leave Greater Brisbane during this period, and non-residents currently in Greater Brisbane are strongly encouraged to remain until the end of the restriction period.

Read the full public health direction around Brisbane’s three-day lockdown here.

What this means for tourism operators on the Sunshine Coast

The following FAQs are provided from advice sought from the Queensland Government:

Guests already in other parts of Queensland/Australia 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 isolate for the lockdown period.
Greater Brisbane residents who have been in other parts of Queensland/Australia 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 6:00pm
While the lockdown commences at 6:00pm AEST, the advice remains that if you’ve been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January, you should stay where you are and isolate during the lockdown period.
Brisbane guests due to check in over the weekend/after 6:00pm 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. If flying, they must not leave the airport.
Further information
There is a vast range of Q&As available on Queensland Health’s website here, with further information continuing to be added throughout the day. Any guest showing symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. It is also as important as ever to ensure cleaning and hygiene practices are thorough.

Message from Visit Sunshine Coast

Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) understands this lockdown will cause significant disruption to the Sunshine Coast tourism industry, with Brisbane being one of our primary markets this summer holiday period. However, we thank you in advance for your cooperation in adhering to the Queensland Government’s public health directions.

We will continue to provide you with updates as they unfold, and encourage you to stay up-to-date with the official Queensland Health website and official press updates from the Queensland Government

If you have any further enquiries about how this lockdown affects your businesses, please email VSC Industry and Membership Development Manager Andrew Fairbairn at or phone Andrew on 0427 562 100.
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