Australia Police warn Greater Brisbane residents face hefty fines if attempting to flee lockdown ahead of Easter holiday period
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.
Queensland police are warning residents of Greater Brisbane they risk a $1,334 fine if they try to travel out of the region to Easter holiday destinations before the COVID-19 lockdown period ends on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities have also reserved the right to extend the lockdown if case numbers continue to rise.
Aby Queensland's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young on Monday after health authorities revealed a COVID-19 cluster involving the highly contagious UK strain had grown to seven people.
Why you won't find many Queenslanders 'outraged' by Brisbane lockdown
The expected backlash from Queenslanders to their premier's decision to lock down Greater Brisbane from Monday afternoon never came -for one simple reason. Nobody cares. Nobody who isn't going to feel it directly in their hip pocket anyway. Or who isn't planning a wedding or engagement party or has a sick relative lying in hospital over the border.Other than in those heartbreaking situations, it's pretty much business as usual.
On Tuesday morning, 10 more cases of COVID-19 in Greater Brisbane were confirmed,.
The lockdown applies to residents of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Moreton Bay council areas.
However, in the hours before the lockdown commenced, traffic was heavy on the motorways heading north and south from Brisbane, suggesting many residents left the region ahead of the restrictions.
On Tuesday morning, the main street of Noosa Heads was busy with visitors and only about half of them were wearing masks, despite a state-wide mandate for.
The ABC understands there was also a higher than normal volume of cars and caravans travelling south on the M1 between Logan and the Gold Coast between 3:30am and 4:00am on Tuesday.
Brisbane's lockdown is almost certain to be EXTENDED through Easter
Greater Brisbane residents were ordered into a snap three-day lockdown on Monday afternoon, while hundreds more around the state who visited the city since March 20 remain in self-isolation.Greater Brisbane residents were ordered into a snap three-day lockdown on Monday afternoon, while hundreds more around the state who have visited the city since March 20 remain under orders to stay at home and self-isolate.
A police spokesman said these could have been interstate visitors heading home and that so far, no fines had been recorded for breaching the lockdown direction.
Council-owned caravan parks on the Gold and Sunshine coasts have been advised to refuse requests for entry from anyone in Greater Brisbane during the lockdown period.
'Expect to be intercepted'
Speaking at the morning COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said it was important people in the lockdown zone knew what was required of them.
"It's very important that our community understand that if they're planning to travel for events over the Easter weekend, even though we may not be in lockdown then, you cannot travel for that purpose in the lockdown period," Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
He said people cannot travel unless it is for one of the following four key reasons:
Easter holidays in doubt amid Greater Brisbane lockdown uncertainty
Easter holiday plans for millions of Queenslanders are hanging in limbo, as residents of Greater Brisbane anxiously wait to hear whether lockdown orders will be extended beyond three days. The snap restrictions came into effect on Monday evening and are due to be lifted at 5:00pm on Thursday, ahead of the Easter long weekend.Queensland recorded eight new locally acquired cases yesterday, putting authorities on edge.The state's Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was "too early to decide" if the lockdown would end on Thursday as planned.
- obtaining essential goods or services, including health care
- attending essential work or child care
- assisting vulnerable people
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said police would be out in high numbers ensuring people complied with the rules during the lockdown period.
"There's no ring of steel around Brisbane at this stage," he said.
"We're working with our community, we are doing intercepts, we're being very high visibility on the roads.
"[But] people can expect to see that, we want to keep people safe on the roads as well so there will be plenty of police out and about and they can be expected to be intercepted at times."
How the royals spent Easter .
Easter is up there with Christmas in terms of royal watching opportunities. The British royals in particular put on quite the spectacle as they don their glad rags for the annual Easter service at Windsor. This year, things looked a little different - though no less special. There was never any doubt in our minds that Easter 2021 would be quite different for many people in the Northern Hemisphere. As the UK and much of Europe remains in various states of lockdown, or under strict social distancing restrictions, so too do their corresponding royal families.