How states and territories are responding to Brisbane's latest COVID-19 outbreak

States and territories across Australia are imposing restrictions on Brisbane travellers after the Queensland premier called a three-day lockdown.

Passengers check in for flights out of  Brisbane, Monday, March 29, 2021. Greater Brisbane will enter a snap three-day lockdown as its coronavirus outbreak continues to grow.(AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Passengers check in for flights out of Brisbane, Monday 29 March, 2021. Source: AAP

A snap COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane days out from the Easter weekend threatens to spark nationwide chaos.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered a three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane from 5pm on Monday, after four new community cases of COVID-19 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," she told reporters.

Anyone who has been in Brisbane since 20 March has been told to abide by the lockdown.

Here's how the other states and territories have responded:

Victoria 

Victoria has declared Greater Brisbane a "red zone" from 6pm on Monday AEDT under its travel permit system.

Victorians returning home from a red zone - Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands - will require a permit, and most will need to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. 

South Australia 

South Australia has declared the greater Brisbane area a COVID-19 hotspot, preventing travel into the state to all but returning residents and essential workers.

Premier Steven Marshall said the new rules will apply from 4pm on Monday.

"We are extraordinarily concerned about the developing situation in Queensland," Mr Marshall said.

"Obviously Queensland authorities are moving very, very quickly now.

"But some of the people testing positive for the coronavirus have been out and about more broadly in Brisbane."

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall speaks to the media.
Source: AAP

SA will also require anyone who arrived in Adelaide from Brisbane from 20 March to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Anyone who arrived between 11 March and 20 March is asked to get tested if they have any virus symptoms.

Returning South Australian residents will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Western Australia 

Queenslanders will also be locked out of Western Australia after the McGowan government moved to reintroduce a hard border.

From 12:01am local time on Tuesday, travellers from Queensland will be prevented from entering WA unless they have an exemption.

The hardline measure also applies to anyone from other states who has been in Queensland since 27 March.

WA had already ordered all recent arrivals from Queensland to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

The exemption criteria include senior government officials, active military personnel, federal MPs, transport, freight and logistics workers and individuals approved on compassionate grounds.

Premier Mark McGowan said the decision to reclassify Queensland from low to medium risk is based on health advice.

"We've been monitoring the situation closely and have scaled up our border controls as required, to keep our community safe," he said in a statement on Monday.

"The hard border measure is necessary and is our best defence in keeping the virus out.

"It's going to be disruptive for many people and put many people's plans in disarray, however we need to put the health of our WA community first."

Mr McGowan said recent arrivals from Queensland, including those arriving before midnight on Monday, were free to depart WA.

Anyone who arrived from Queensland between 20 and 26 March will be contacted by police using the G2G pass system and advised of the latest exposure sites in Queensland and Byron Bay.

People who have been to those sites must also get tested and self-isolate.

But quarantine is currently not necessary for anyone who has come into contact with recent arrivals from Queensland.

New South Wales 

NSW is on high alert, after a number of venues in Byron Bay were visited by two of the newly diagnosed cases in Queensland

Contact tracers have identified almost 1,500 people who attended venues during the exposure risk periods.

NSW Health is instructing anyone in the state who has been in Greater Brisbane since 20 March to comply with the same lockdown restrictions as those in place in Queensland. 

Those people should stay at home, except for essential reasons including shopping, exercise, work and medical care. 

The order excludes those who have transited through Brisbane Airport. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier said her state would not shut the border, but asked residents eyeing a trip north over the Easter break to change their plans.

"If you were going to Queensland for a holiday unfortunately we will ask you to reconsider, especially you shouldn't go to Greater Brisbane," she told reporters on Monday.

"Holiday in NSW."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
Source: AAP

Health Minister Brad Hazzard also had a simple message for anyone who'd visited the Greater Brisbane region and planned to attend Bluesfest in Byron Bay over the weekend.

"Don't. Don't come," he said.

Up to 16,000 people will flood through the festival gates each day.

Organisers were in the process of working out ticket refunds, he said.

Restrictions have also been imposed in the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. 

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction's restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSWVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaNorthern TerritoryACTTasmania.


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Published 29 March 2021 at 1:51pm, updated 29 March 2021 at 6:36pm
Source: AAP - SBS