Greater Brisbane will go into a three-day lockdown as authorities scramble to contain the spread of the mutant UK COVID-19 strain after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane, which includes the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Moreton, will go into lockdown from 6pm Friday to 6pm Monday.

Residents must stay at home except for four key reasons – to leave for essential work, health care, shopping and exercise in your local area.Two visitors will be permitted to visit homes during this period but non-essential businesses will be forced to shutdown.

Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged it was going to be “tough” on everybody during those three days, including on local businesses.“If you are in those areas and if you have planned a vacation for this weekend, I’m sorry but you will not be able to go,” the Premier said.“You are allowed two visitors to your home if that is required.”

She said she was ‘going hard and going early’ to stop the spread of this ‘incredibly contagious virus’. Masks will also be mandatory for anyone leaving their home. A child under 12 does not need to wear a mask.“

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

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