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Brisbane’s lockdown ends tonight, masks mandatory in retail for next 10 days

Customers will need to wear masks inside shopping centres and retail stores.

Brisbane will end its three-day lockdown at 6pm on Monday 11, after the state recorded its third straight day with zero new cases.

However, while those in Brisbane will no longer be confined to their homes some restrictions will remain for at least the next ten days, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Masks will remain mandatory in the regions of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Redlands until January 22.

“You will need to wear this mask in shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets, indoor markets, hospitals, aged care facilities, churches and places of worship, libraries, indoor recreational facilities, such as cinemas, art galleries, those sorts of types of places,” said Palaszczuk.

“They are sensible, they are very logical, and they are needed for the next 10 days.”

However, Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young listed Woolworths Calamvale North and Coles Sunnybank Hills as two of the exposure sites she is “most concerned about” – with anyone who attended the sites in January 3 and 5 respectively asked to go get tested.

The announcement will come as good news to business owners who were forced to shut their doors for the weekend, after a Brisbane hotel cleaner tested positive to a mutated and highly infectious strain of the Covid-19 virus.

Another region, Sydney’s Northern Beaches, emerged from a three week lockdown on Sunday.

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