Brisbane's snap three-day lockdown has been extended until 4pm on Sunday 8 August due to multiple new community-transmitted COVID cases.
While the lockdown had initially been scheduled to end at 4pm on Tuesday, 13 new community cases of transmission discovered overnight have resulted in an extension, to provide time to get everyone who has potentially been at an exposure site or in contact with a case into isolation. The lockdown has been extended for all of the 11 affected local government areas, including Brisbane, Morteon Bay, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, the Lockyer Valley and Somerset. We can still only leave home for those four essential reasons—for medical reasons, to go grocery shopping, for outdoor exercise and if you are an essential worker.
Whether the lockdown will be extended further depends on how the next week progresses, so you can bet we'll be glued to those press conferences every morning. The list of hot spots has lengthened, with more to be added as contact tracers identify where the new cases visited.
Masks have already been made mandatory, so if you do need to leave the house for an essential reason, make sure you’ve got a mask on—even if you're going for your daily walk for excercies.
Otherwise, it's back to takeaway for dinner tonight—here's what's open and ready for your order during the Brisbane lockdown.