Queensland has registered two new Covid-19 cases with the NRL Grand Final to go ahead after fears were raised that the sporting event could be cancelled.
Health officials plan to use the sporting event – expected to draw thousands of spectators – to boost vaccination coverage and will set up clinics around Brisbane’s Lang Park on Sunday.
“There will be two locations, one on the north side and one on the south entrance,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said at a press conference on Saturday.
“If you get the chance, come by and get vaccinated before the game or you can come by and make a booking to get vaccinated.”
Of the new cases, both were children associated with a previous positive case.
It comes after Prime Minister Annastacia avoided Palaszczuk on Friday to tighten second phase restrictions in six local government areas in Townsville and southeastern Queensland.
“If we see an unlinked community transmission, I’m pretty sure Dr. Young will not hesitate to recommend a shutdown,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.
“That’s good news for now, Queensland. So keep up the great work.’
It comes after Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk avoided tightening phase two restrictions in six local government areas in Townsville and South East Queensland.
The Prime Minister again denied she was opposed to ordering a shutdown over the NRL grand final in Brisbane on Sunday and the Rugby Championship double cup on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
The Prime Minister again denied that she was opposed to ordering a shutdown due to the big NRL final in Brisbane on Sunday and the Rugby Championship double cup on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
She said if there is evidence of seeding or community spreading before any of those events, she will tighten restrictions.
“May I be very clear: if the advice is to go into lockdown, we go into lockdown. Okay,” said Mrs. Palaszczuk.
“So there are no ifs and buts here, folks. This is serious.
“It depends on whether we see unlinked community transmission in the next 24 to 48 hours.”
There are now eight cases associated with the aviation cluster, with four more separate single-person clusters in the Southeast and Townsville.
dr. Young said her main concern was the man who was contagious in the Kirra and Coolangatta community between Saturday and Wednesday.
“Anyone who has been to any of the sites or anywhere in that part of the Gold Coast in the past week, if you have symptoms now is the time to really come out and get tested,” she said. .
Phase two restrictions are now in effect in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island regions.
Ms Palaszczuk said if there is evidence of seeding or community spreading before any of these events she will tighten restrictions
Face masks should be worn indoors unless people are eating or drinking, and outdoors where people cannot maintain social distancing
Visitors to private residences are limited to 30 people and capacity limits of one person per four square meters are imposed in covered locations such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas and theaters.
Weddings and funerals are limited to 100 people, and crowds at major venues such as the NRL grand finale will be capped at 75 percent of capacity.
More than 160 locations are listed in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay and Townsville, including 38 locations with close contact.
Face masks should be worn indoors unless people are eating or drinking, and outdoors where people cannot maintain social distancing.
dr. Young said anyone living in the six restricted regions must abide by the same rules, such as wearing face masks, wherever they travel in the state.
“You have to stick to exactly the same restrictions as if you were at home,” she said.
“And those people who come from areas that don’t have those restrictions (have to abide by the rules) if they come into an area that does have the restrictions.”
Queensland also registered one new hotel quarantine virus case on Friday, which was acquired abroad.