Cairns and Yarrabah to enter three-day snap lockdown as restrictions ease for 11 LGAs

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Cairns and Yarrabah will enter a three-day snap lockdown from 4pm today as the 11 LGAs exit their lockdown.

The state recorded nine new locally acquired cases with seven linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, one on the Gold Coast and one being a taxi driver from Cairns who had been infectious in the community for 10 days.

Residents in the 11 LGAs will be allowed to have up to 10 visitors to their homes, weddings and funerals will be permitted a maximum of 20 people and schools will reopen, but high school students will be required to wear masks.

However, community sport will not be permitted for the next two weeks and residents will still be required to wear masks.

“Unfortunately, this discovery of a positive case in Cairns is something that we were not expecting,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Now, this person has been infectious in the community for 10 days. That is of real concern.

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

“It’s essentially the lockdown that the 11 LGAs went to, but they will be allowed to have up to two visitors to come and visit their homes.”