Jan 11, 2021

Brisbane lockdown lifts, but masks will stay

Brisbane lockdown lifts, but masks will stay

Greater Brisbane’s strict lockdown will end at 6pm tonight (January 11), but some restrictions including mask requirements will remain for a further 10 days.

The three-day lockdown came after the discovery of a Brisbane quarantine hotel cleaner with the fast-spreading UK strain of the coronavirus.

As at Monday, January 11 there were zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, four overseas-acquired cases detected in hotel quarantine and 25 active cases.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the gradual easing of restrictions followed the best health advice.

“The evidence tells us the lockdown has done its job,” she said.

“Dr Young has asked for these further 10 days of measures in the Greater Brisbane area. It’s better to be safe than sorry and it’s better to be sure.”

Until 1am, Friday January 22:


  • Must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles 
  • Must be carried at all times
  • Are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people (for example, walking a dog), in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise


  • Indoors: one person per 4 sqm
  • Outdoors: one person per 2 sqm
  • Seated eating and drinking only
  • Smaller venues up to 200 sqm: one person per 2sqm up to a maximum of 50
  • No dancing except for weddings


  • Up to 20 in homes and public spaces
  • Weddings: up to 100. No restriction on dancing
  • Funerals: up to 100
  • Indoor concert venues or theatres: 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 sqm whichever is greater
  • Outdoor stadiums: 50 per cent capacity with COVID-safe plans

The mask requirements also apply to people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since January 2 and have since returned to regional Queensland.