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A Sunshine Coast mayor is pleading for Brisbane holidaymakers to stay away from Noosa during the three-day lockdown, as some businesses announce they won't take guests from the state's capital.
The move came after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a snap lockdown would take effect from 5:00pm Monday in the Greater Brisbane area.
The restrictions will be reviewed again on Wednesday.
Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said visitors from Brisbane should not come to Noosa until the lockdown had ended.
Noosa Mayor, business tell Brisbane visitors to stay away during COVID-19 lockdown
A Sunshine Coast mayor is pleading for Brisbane holidaymakers to stay away from Noosa during the three-day lockdown, as some businesses announce they won't take guests from the state's capital.The move came after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a snap lockdown would take effect from 5:00pm Monday in the Greater Brisbane area.
"If you are travelling from Brisbane to Noosa, please don't until the lockdown is lifted," she said.
"We need everyone to cooperate."
Councillor Stewart said while Noosa was not included in the Greater Brisbane lockdown, it was important to stay vigilant and maintain social distance.
"As the Premier said, this is a highly contagious strain of the virus," Cr Stewart said.
"And if you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, go and get a test. It's quick and painless."
Easter break uncertainty
The Sunshine Coast, just 100 kilometres from Brisbane, is a popular holiday destination with those escaping the city — particularly for the looming Easter and school holiday period.
Visit Sunshine Coast chief executive Matt Stoeckel said the lockdown would have a "significant impact" on the region's tourism industry as operators had secured "strong bookings" for this time, with the majority from the Greater Brisbane region.
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But Cr Stewart said if residents and visitors followed orders of the chief health officer Jeannette Young over the coming days, the Easter break might not be impacted.
"Noosa is still open for business, but it's important we all follow thefor the state," she said.
"Masks are now mandatory when entering any hospitality venue or eatery or on public transport, so I encourage all visitors and residents to follow the new restrictions."
No to Brisbane visitors
In the hours following the Premier's announcement, some Sunshine Coast businesses said they would not accept any visitors from Brisbane from today.
Noosa River Holiday Park announced on Facebook it had enacted a temporary closure of the park to visitors from the Greater Brisbane area, including Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan council regions.
"During this period, we will not be able to accept guests from the Greater Brisbane Area," the post said.
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"Or guests that visited the Greater Brisbane Area from March 20, 2021, and are currently in another region.
"We apologise for this inconvenience. We have commenced calling all impacted guests, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the calls.
"We will continue to update guests with the Easter School Holidays … all decisions will be made under the directives listed by Queensland Health over the following days."
'Get on top of it'
Meanwhile, Nova Evans from Sunny Street Clinic feared there would be many Brisbane residents heading north to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa before the lockdown began at 5:00pm today.
"I suspect there might be a few who just make Easter start today," Dr Evans said.
"It's really important that should they feel that they're symptomatic at all, or obviously have been in the hotspot areas, that they do come forward and get testing."
Dr Evans said a pop-up testing clinic at Tewantin had seen a surge in people coming forward to get tested since news of the Brisbane lockdown.
The clinic would normally test up to 30 people per day but had already exceeded that by 9:00am today.
"We're specifically focusing on people who have fevers, cough, runny noses, muscle aches and pains and feeling lethargic or generally unwell," Dr Evans said.
"It's really important that everyone comes forward ... it's the only way we're going to know where the virus is and get on top of it."
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