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Masks compulsory indoors across Qld as 2266 Covid cases reported

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Queensland has recorded 2266 Covid cases as masks will be compulsory in all indoor settings except at home and workplaces, where it is unsafe.

The new mask mandate comes into effect from 1am tomorrow, Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced today.

Queensland recorded 2266 new cases of Covid between 7am and 7pm yesterday. 

There were 34, 938 tests conducted yesterday.

There remains only one person in ICU who is improving.

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard says people have been expecting and wanting the mask mandate to return

 

 

In a statement, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the chief health officer had ordered masks be worn indoors everywhere except in the family home and workplaces where it is unsafe.

Ms Palaszczuk said masks have been proven to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.

“Masks are a tried and true method to slow the spread of Covid,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Even though cases were expected it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do all we can to slow them down.

“We said there would be a time when masks return.

“That time is now.”

Masks are already required:

In supermarkets and shops
Public transport and rideshare
Airports and on planes
Cinemas and theatres

From 1am Sunday, January 2 they will also be required in other indoor settings, such as:

In workplaces (unless it is unsafe to do so)
Pubs, clubs and cafes (except when seated)
Indoors stadiums and sports arenas (except when seated)
Libraries
Hairdressers and nail salons
Waiting rooms at a medical centre
In addition, employers are urged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.


Access to vulnerable settings including aged care and hospitals is limited to only those who are fully vaccinated except in end-of-life situations, childbirth or emergencies.

The government is considering further measures including the need to provide a negative test prior to entry into these vulnerable settings.

Ms Palaszczuk said the CHO's directions will be enforced.

“Some areas have high numbers of people wearing masks,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Some areas are not as good. It’s time to put on your mask.”

 

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