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COVID-19: GP Alert (12 January 2021)

January 12, 2021

'Moderate risk' remains in 5 LGAs of the greater Brisbane area

  • The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) continue to be determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” community transmission risk category:
    • City of Brisbane
    • City of Ipswich
    • Logan City
    • Moreton Bay Region
    • Redland City
  • All healthcare facilities in Greater Brisbane should continue to apply a ‘moderate risk’ PPE escalation until 1am on 22 January 2021. See Table 1, page 3 of this guide Pandemic Response Guidance – Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery.
  • All other LGAs currently remain in the ‘low’ risk category.
  • Masks should also by worn by any staff or healthcare workers or patients in facilities outside of these 5 LGAs who live in or have visited Brisbane since 2 January as per the ongoing restrictions below.

PPE - Surgical masks and eye goggles

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has arranged for a quantity of surgical masks and eyes goggles to be delivered to all general practices within the PHN's 'moderate risk' LGAs. If you require further surgical masks or eye goggles, please request these by emailing practicesupport@ddwmphn.com.au
Please also email us if you have not received your extra supply by the end of this week (15 January).

Lockdown to end with some restrictions to continue

From 6;00pm Monday, 11 January lockdown for residents of Greater Brisbane will end.
The following restrictions are effective until 1am on 22 January 2021.

  • Residents must carry a face mask with them at all times.
  • Masks must be worn indoors (except at home, or an indoor workplace with no interaction with members of the public and safe physical distancing).
    • This includes shopping centres, supermarkets, hospitals, aged care facilities, gyms, public transport, taxis and ride share vechiles, airport terminals and during flights.
  • Masks are recommended outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people.
  • Limit of 20 people in homes (including the residents).
  • Funerals and weddings are restricted to 100 people
  • No dancing allowed, except at weddings
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated eating and drinking, no standing allowed
  • All businesses may now have:
    • one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors
    • one person per 2 square metres outdoors.
  • Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50 per cent seated capacity or one person per 4 square meters (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan.

You can access the full list of restrictions here.
These restrictions apply to people in Greater Brisbane, as well as those who have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021, even if they leave or have left the Greater Brisbane area.
For GPs, nurses, administrative and other practice staff who live in Greater Brisbane (i.e. the 5 affected LGAs), masks must be worn at work regardless of workplace location (including practices outside of the affected LGAs) until 1:00am on 22 January 2021.