Greater Brisbane’s coronavirus lockdown will end on Monday night, but face masks will remain mandatory for 10 more days.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says residents of the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands will be able to leave their homes for any reason from 6pm Monday.
The three-day lockdown in the region seems to have suppressed the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19.
“Can I thank people in the greater Brisbane region for responding in the way that they did? It has been absolutely truly remarkable,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Monday.
“So, I can announce that the reward for their sacrifice is that we are able to end our lockdown.”
Queensland had been on high alert after a cleaner at one of Brisbane’s quarantine hotels was initially diagnosed with the UK virus strain.
The highly contagious variant has potentially been active in the community since January 2 but no further locally acquired cases have been detected, so far.
People living in the greater Brisbane region will need to continue carrying and wearing facemasks over the next 10 days, the premier said.
People have to wear masks in supermarkets, shops, indoor markets, hospitals and aged care facilities, places of worship, libraries, indoor recreational facilities, such as cinemas and art galleries, and gyms.
However, people working in places where they can socially-distance do not have to wear masks.
“You’ll have to carry a face mask with you at all times. This is not dissimilar to what has happened in other jurisdiction,” she added.