A snap lockdown in Brisbane threatens to spark nationwide travel chaos less than a week out from Easter.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered a three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane from 5pm today (March 29), after four new community cases of coronavirus were detected in the past 24 hours.
“I know this is a really big call. I know it is very tough but let’s do it now and let’s do it right,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The lockdown will cause major headaches for families planning to visit Brisbane over Easter, as well as the many thousands of hospitality and tourism companies who rely on their business.
Anyone who has been in Brisbane since March 20 has been told to abide by the lockdown.
Meanwhile in WA, restrictions have already tightened on visitors from Queensland, requiring all visitors to self-isolate for 14 days.
“Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Queensland, additional steps are being taken to keep WA safe,” Mr McGowan had said in a Facebook post on Saturday night.
“Effective immediately all arrivals from Queensland will now need to complete 14 days of self-quarantine.”
The new directions also apply to those who arrived from Queensland earlier on Saturday.
“Initially, those travellers were required to self-quarantine until a negative COVID-19 result was returned, however due to updated health advice a full 14-day period of self-quarantine is now required,” Mr McGowan said.