August 9, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

South East Queensland came out of lockdown on schedule yesterday at 4pm – although heavy restrictions remain in place – while Cairns went into lockdown after a taxi driver was diagnosed with COVID-19, having spent 10 days infectious in the community.

Events are able to return in South East Queensland, at 50 percent capacity and adhering to a density limit of one person per four square metres inside and one person per two square metres outdoors. Masks must be worn at all times both inside and outside.

The Cairns lockdown – affecting the LGAs covered by Cairns Regional Council and Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council – is set to last three days and restricts residents to the same four reasons for leaving home – essential shopping and work, exercise and receiving medical care or for compassionate reasons. The lockdown does allow for two visitors to homes. Masks are required both indoors and outdoors.