Tue, 12 Jan, 2021

Finally an end to "most ridiculous" COVID restriction

Finally an end to "most ridiculous" COVID restriction

Greater Brisbane is now officially out of lockdown, but masks will still be a part of day to day life for the next ten days.

Residents have been told they will need to wear a mask "wherever possible", but will no longer need to wear one in their own car - a rule slammed as "absolutely ridiculous" during the city's three-day weekend lockdown.

On Monday, Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases, which prompted the Premier to ease restrictions from 6pm.

Queensland Health initially told drivers and passengers to wear a mask in the car “because a consistent approach helps keep people safe.”

“We want you to wear a mask when you leave home – by whatever means, for whatever reason,” a social media post read on Saturday.

However, as the end of lockdown was announced, the Premier and Chief Health Officer also clarified that masks were no longer required while driving.

It’s a rule that was immediately slammed as “ridiculous” by Brisbane residents, prompting an outpouring of backlash on social media.

After it was first announced, many criticised Queensland Health for having “officially lost the plot”.

“This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen … QLD health are off their rockers and out of control,” Al Lancaster said.

“The car contains covid particles that only happened since going into a three-day lockdown, so that’s why we have to wear a mask in the car … also wear one at home and in the shower … also on the toilet,” Hayley Mah wrote.

“There is no scientific valid reason to wear a mask in your own car when by yourself,” Yvette Harth said.

“Wearing a mask alone in your car is just like wearing a condom alone in your bed,” another user wrote.

“Hey QLD Health. Just wondering if I need to wear a mask in my coffin when I die. Thanks!” wrote Liam Haverty.

“Queensland Health have no idea on the information they are providing,” Supa Tony wrote.

Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked Queenslanders for their "remarkable effort" over the three day period, but went on to say until at least January 22, those in Brisbane will be required to wear masks.

“We want to make sure that the incubation period, that 14 days, has totally lapsed before we return to normal,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Residents of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands council areas will need to carry a face mask with them “at all times” until 1 am on January 22.

“You will need to wear your mask in shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“In hospitals and aged care facilities, in churches and places of worship, libraries and at indoor recreational facilities such as cinemas, art galleries and gyms.”

Masks are also mandatory in indoor workplaces where workers are unable to socially distance, as well as on public transport, and in taxis and ride shares.