Everything you need to know about Cairns’ snap three-day lockdown

Residents in Cairns and Yarrabah will be locked down from 4pm this afternoon for the next three days after the discovery of a new local COVID-19 case in the area.

Since the detection of the case – a Cairns taxi driver who was active in the community while infectious for 10 days – health authorities have announced that the same measures will be in place for the region that much of south-east Queensland has just been relieved from.

"It is essentially a lockdown that the 11 LGAs went through, but they (residents in Cairns and Yarrabah) will be allowed to have up to two visitors to come and visit their homes," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

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"So, from 4pm today, for the next three days, Cairns and Yarrabah will go into a lockdown.

"I am very concerned. Dr Young is very concerned. We need to get on top of this very, very quickly."

What are the current restrictions?

These are the reasons those in locked-down areas can leave their home.

  • To buy essentials, such as groceries and shopping
  • To go to work if they can't work from home
  • Exercise within a 10 kilometre radius of the home
  • To access healthcare, including vaccinations or to assist somebody who is vulnerable.

"The Cairns community, I know you can do this, I know it is going to be tough, but the next three days," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I need you to stay at home, minimise your movements, let's test, test and test as much as we possibly can."

When will the lockdown end?

At this stage the lockdown is scheduled to end at 4pm AEST this Wednesday August 11.

Ms Palaszczuk said however that the lifting of restrictions will be subject to the amount of new cases.

"We can evaluate that over the next three days to see if there are any more cases out there. And of course, we will also be working with this man's family and close contacts," she said.


What's open?

Supermarkets, pharmacists, doctors offices and any outlet or store deemed to be "essential" will remain open during the lockdown.

What's closed?

Cinemas, entertainment venues, hairdressers, gyms, places of worship, playgrounds, auctions and open homes, nail salons, markets, galleries, nightclubs, casinos, zoos, aquariums and theme parks will all be closed or cancelled.

Weddings and funerals will still be allowed to go ahead, but with a limit of 10 people, including the individual officiating the service.

Bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to operate on a takeaway only basis.

How many visitors can I have at my home?

Residents across the newly locked down regions are permitted to have two guests inside the home at one time, on top of those who live there.

Cairns, Qld

Where do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are mandatory in all settings other than inside the home.

"If you are out walking by yourself or with your household you do not need to wear it, but as all other times you do," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Residents must carry a face mask at all times.

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