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Eleven local government areas in southeast Queensland went into a sudden three-day lockdown after the state reported six new local cases of COVID-19.
The new cases were confirmed to be a highly contagious Delta strain, which is linked to a 17-year-old who tested positive for the virus on Friday.
The new infections are the family members in that case, as well as the teacher of one of those family members.
Stay home orders She is now in place For Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast.
It is currently scheduled to end on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
“Stay home and don’t leave unless it is very critical,” Queensland Chief Health Officer Janet Young said on Saturday morning.
The state’s health secretary, Yvette Dath, said she had made no apologies for the speed and strictness of the orders.
“If you want to prevent the spread of the Delta virus, you have to do your best and hurry,” she said.
“In just five days, we have an entire family of five affected, and one of them has transferred it to another teacher.
“In Sydney, we saw what happened. From one case, after 38 days, there were 3,000 from that person. Unfortunately, 13 people from that one group died. We have to get this right.
“We’ve been here before. We know what we have to do.”
Dr Young said the lockdown would hopefully only last for three days, but that would depend on compliance with lockdown rules.
The lockdown extends to anyone who has been in one of the 11 LGA’s from 1am on Saturday, so even if they have since traveled to another part of Queensland, they must abide by the restrictions.
Tasmania has also closed its borders to 11 LGAs. Visitors to the state from Queensland who have arrived since 17 July will be subject to requests to stay at home for three days.
“If you’re in Tasmania, and we expect there will likely be around 11,000 people who have traveled to the state, go home immediately and isolate,” Prime Minister Peter Gutwin said.
Meanwhile, NSW Health has ordered anyone in NSW who has been in 11 affected local areas since July 21 to stay at home for 14 days since they were last there, or until the notice is rescinded.
The ACT government also has a stay-at-home requirement for anyone who has been in LGAs after July 21. They must remain at home until the lockdown ends or ACT Health advises otherwise.
Victoria has declared 11 Queensland LGAs red under the state’s permit system. This means Victorians returning from LGAs after 8pm on Saturday must self-quarantine for 14 days and non-residents need an exemption to enter the state.
10 km limit and masks in schools
Among the new rules is a travel restriction of 10 kilometers to limit the movement of people.
Dr Young said: “Today I don’t know where this virus is in southeast Queensland. But wherever it is, I don’t want it to go any further.”
Exceptions to the ten kilometer limit apply to compassionate circumstances, such as caring for a vulnerable person.
“Of course, use that common sense, which I know people do…but reduce movement, if you can,” Dr. Young said.
People who play sports can do this with one person who does not live with them.
Funerals and weddings in the exclusion zone are now limited to 10 people and hospitality is the takeaway only. Movie theaters, hairdressers, gyms and places of worship should be closed.
All schools in the lockdown area will be closed Monday and Tuesday, while all staff and students at Indooroopilly High School and Ironside State School are in a two-week quarantine.
Schools will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
A pop-up test clinic has been set up at Indooroopilly High School.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Golchowski urged people to carry proof of residence with them while police check compliance with the 10-kilometre limit.
“As we have always done, we will take an educational approach and work with people. So, if you are trying to do the right thing, you will be taken care of. If you choose to do the wrong thing, there are serious consequences,” he said, referring to fines of $1,378.
He warned people not to attend any protests, adding that officers would monitor events this weekend.
“I have also learned through our intelligence that there are people planning to protest in Brisbane CBD tomorrow. Can I say clearly that now is not the time. Now is not the time for protests in our community,” he said.
“We are asking you not to go ahead with those protests. You can expect a police presence and you can expect the police to make sure that the guidance of the chief health official is being complied with.”
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The announcement plunged many sports icons into disarray.
Three NFL games have been moved: Saturday’s games in Gold Coast-Melbourne and Essendon-Sydney, as well as Sunday’s game at GWS-Port Adelaide.
The Suns will now face the Devils at Marvel Stadium early Sunday afternoon as part of a double header, with the Giants facing The Force later in the same venue, while Essendon host Sydney at the MCG. All three matches will be behind closed doors.
In the National Football League, where 15 of the 16 teams in the competition are in southeast Queensland, desperate attempts were made to hold three matches on Saturday before a decision was made to postpone them.
The league was still hoping to reschedule those matches to Sunday, with teams potentially moving to regional or interstate.
The Super Netball competition has also been affected, as it has moved entirely to southeast Queensland to complete its 2021 campaign following lockdowns in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan confirmed in a statement that the competition would not move again and had hoped to complete the season.
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