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21 January 2021 Update

Easing of Greater Brisbane Restrictions

From 1am AEST 22 January 2021, if there is no community transmission, the Greater Brisbane region will be subject to the same restrictions as the rest of the state.

Face masks

You are strongly encouraged to continue to carry a face mask with you at all times, to provide added protection if you are in a situation where you cannot maintain social distancing. When attending a big event, in a shopping centre or travelling on public transport, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask – especially when entering, exiting or moving through areas where lots of people are gathered.

Face masks remain mandatory at all times in the following situations:

  • at Queensland airports (indoor and outdoor areas)
  • during a domestic commercial flight
  • if you are arriving to Queensland from overseas or from a COVID-19 hotspot, you must wear a face mask while travelling from the airport until you reach your allocated room in your quarantine accommodation
  • if you are a driver of a bus, coach service, taxi or rideshare transporting a person required to quarantine.

Face masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19. Social distancing is the gold standard of COVID-19 prevention methods, as well as washing your hands regularly.

Movement and gathering

You can have 100 people gather in public outdoor spaces, and 50 people can gather at a private property – this number includes those who live with you.

Businesses, activities and undertakings

All restricted businesses can open, in line with the COVID Safe Framework.

All restricted businesses may now have one person per 2 square metres on their premises, other than a hospitality business that does not comply with the requirement to collect contact details electronically. Venues can operate with up to 100 per cent seated capacity if patrons are in ticketed, allocated seating.

Dance floors are also allowed indoors and outdoors, and you can stand up and have a drink at bar.

For more information on the new eased restrictions go to the Queensland Government website.

Download the Queensland Government's Updated COVID-19 Roadmap.


16 January 2021 Update

Queensland Health is working closely with key stakeholders across the state to ensure that people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds have access to current, culturally appropriate and translated COVID-19 information.

These resources can be accessed via the link below:


11 January 2021 Update

Easing of Greater Brisbane Lockdown
The Greater Brisbane Lockdown will end at 6pm today, Monday 11 January 2021. New eased restrictions for Greater Brisbane will be in place from 6pm 11 January to 1am 22 January 2021.

People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:

Face masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare
  • airports and travelling on planes.

It is recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.  


10 January 2021 Update

Translated resources

Queensland Health has developed resources about COVID-19 and the current Greater Brisbane Lockdown in other languages. These resources can be accessed via the link below:


8 January 2021 Update

As announced by the Queensland Premier at 8am on 8 January, Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown from 6pm today for three days until 6pm on Monday 11 January 2021. This is to give contact tracers time to ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community. 

The Greater Brisbane lockdown area includes Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Redland City and Moreton Bay Regional areas.

As an essential service, Multicultural Australia will continue to provide services to our clients and communities during this lockdown period. Please continue to contact us through our usual contact numbers, during business hours on 3337 5400, our email [email protected] or our emergency phone line which is available to clients.

You are only allowed to leave your home for one of the following reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Legal obligations
  • Visit for end of life
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions

Other important points of the Premier's announcement included:

  • Masks must be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home
  • Places of worship will be closed
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service
  • Funerals will be restricted to 20 guests and weddings restricted to 10 guests

For the latest Queensland Government updates regarding the Greater Brisbane lockdown please visit:


Acknowledgement of country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.