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Australia Coronavirus threat in Greater Brisbane easing, Federal Government no longer warns of hotspot

08:35  17 january  2021
08:35  17 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Federal Government has revoked Brisbane's COVID-19 hotspot declaration after Queensland consistently recorded no new cases of community transmission.

Many states and territories shut their borders on January 8 to five council areas in Greater Brisbane after six people became infected with the UK strain, linked to Brisbane quarantine Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said there are now no hotspots in Australia, however warned that could change at any time.

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The PM says the government will proceed with "maximum caution" when considering easing coronavirus restrictions. At the government 's daily briefing, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described media reports on easing restrictions as "not a reliable guide".

"There will be days where there may be a requirement for the Commonwealth hotspot definition to be reintroduced," Mr Hunt said.

Unfortunately, the Federal revoking of Brisbane's hotspot status doesn't mean Brisbanites can travel freely across Australia as some states still have restrictions in place. Here's what you need to know:

I'm currently in Greater Brisbane, where in Australia can I go?

The only places you can travel to freely without a border pass or quarantining restrictions in place are the ACT and New South Wales.

If you want to go to Victoria, however, you will need to get tested upon arrival and isolate until you receive a negative result.

Travellers to Victoria from Greater Brisbane are now in the "orange zone" category and must fill out a border declaration pass.

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You can't enter Tasmania unless you quarantine for 14 days but a review into the rule is expected on Monday.

You can't enter Western Australia unless you have an exemption through the state's G2G pass system.

Queensland is currently deemed a "medium risk" by WA and even when you get an exemption, you'll have to quarantine for 14 days before you can move freely within the state.

You can travel to South Australia without quarantining, but you must fill out a Cross Border Travel Registration and get tested on day 1, 5 and 12 of your visit.

You don't need to quarantine for 14 days if you want to visit the Northern Territory but you must fill out an exemption form.

Are there still restrictions in Greater Brisbane?

There is still a mask mandate in place and restrictions on venues, events and gatherings.

You must wear a mask indoors at shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, on public transport, in taxis and rideshares, at the library and places of worship.

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When attending a restaurant or bar, you must put your mask on when entering and any time you leave your table.

You don't need to wear it outdoors if you can practice social distancing.

Restaurants, bars, and cafes must adhere to the one person per 4 square metres rule indoors and one person per 2sqm rule outdoors.

Weddings and funerals are capped at 100 people.

Private gatherings are limited to 20 people indoors and outdoors.

A visitor ban is still in place for hospitals, aged care homes, prisons and disability accommodation.

These restrictions are in place until Friday, subject to any new cases the state may record.

Is there still a threat from the UK strain

Queensland recorded two new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, both in hotel quarantine and authorities are increasingly confident they've contained the UK strain cluster.

There was just one community transmission case linked to a cleaner from the Grand Chancellor, with the three-day lockdown last weekend considered a success.

The hotel was shut and evacuated last week and guests taken to The Westin, also in Brisbane's CBD.

Initially they were told they would have to complete a further 14 days of quarantine, before that decision was revoked last night and travellers were released from the facilities.

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COVID-19 restrictions to ease across Greater Brisbane .
From 1am tomorrow, the city will revert back to the eased COVID-19 restrictions which were in place in December.From 1am tomorrow, the use of face masks will no longer be compulsory in indoor settings and increased gatherings will be permitted in homes, outdoors and at major events.

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