Greater Brisbane’s coronavirus lockdown will end on Monday night, but face masks will remain mandatory for 10 more days.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says residents of the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands will be able to leave their homes for any reason from 6pm Monday.
The three-day lockdown in the region seems to have suppressed the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
“Can I thank people in the greater Brisbane region for responding in the way that they did? It has been absolutely truly remarkable,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Monday.
“So, I can announce that the reward for their sacrifice is that we are able to end our lockdown.”
Queensland had been on high alert after a cleaner at one of Brisbane’s quarantine hotels was initially diagnosed with the UK virus strain.
The highly contagious variant has potentially been active in the community since January 2 but no further locally acquired cases have been detected, so far.
Meanwhile, WA Premier Mark McGowan has indicated that the travel restrictions imposed on travellers from Queensland will stay in place.
On Sunday, he said he would be “very cautious” about reopening the border despite quickly shutting it after just one case.