Brisbane will go into lockdown from 6pm Friday to 6pm Monday after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel was diagnosed with the highly contagious UK variant of COVID-19.

“We are doing this to make sure we’re keeping Queenslanders safe,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“We will do a very strong three-day lockdown.

“You will be allowed to go outside for… to go to essential work … you can leave home if you are providing healthcare or support for a vulnerable person … essential shopping or to exercise in you local neighbourhood.”

Residents of Greater Brisbane will only be permitted to leave home for the following reasons:

  1. To buy essentials like groceries or medications
  2. Work or study if you can’t do either from home
  3. Exercise
  4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support

Residents of these areas must also wear masks everywhere except at home.


The hotel cleaner’s infection ended almost four months of zero locally acquired cases in Queensland.

She visited several locations while potentially infectious, contact tracers tracked her movements:

  • The woman travelled on a train from Altandi station to Roma Street station at 7am on January 2, then returned on the 4pm service the same day.
  • She also visited Woolworths at the Calamvale Central Shopping Centre from 11am to 12pm on Sunday 3 January.
  • She was at Coles in Sunnybank Hills for 30 minutes from 7.30am on Tuesday 5 January and a newsagent at Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town from 8am to 8.15am on the same day.

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