At 4pm on Saturday, 11 local government areas (LGAs) in south-east Queensland entered a snap lockdown after six locally acquired cases of the Delta variant were reported overnight. What started as a three-day stay-at-home order has since been extended to eight days.

“We’ve seen from experience in other states that the only way to beat the Delta strain is to move quickly,” Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles said in a press conference on Saturday morning. “We must go hard and go early.”

The lockdown is the strictest Queensland has had since the pandemic began and applies to anyone who’s been in Brisbane, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Moreton Bay since 1am Saturday morning.

These are the stay-at-home rules and regulations everyone in those LGAs must adhere to.

How long will it last?
The restrictions apply from 4pm on Saturday July 31 and are expected to last until 4pm Sunday August 8.

For what reasons can I leave my home?
The three-day stay-at-home order means you can only go out for four reasons:

• To obtain essential goods, limited to a 10-kilometre radius of your home;
• For essential work, or school or childcare for vulnerable children and children of essential workers;
• To exercise, with only one person from outside your household and within 10 kilometres of your home;
• For healthcare, to care for a vulnerable person or to get a Covid test or vaccination.

See here for a list of essential businesses.

What is closed?
Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, food courts and other food venues will close but are able to sell food and drink to takeaway. Non-essential retail, cinemas, entertainment venues, gyms and places of worship will close.

Schools and childcare centres will close, except for vulnerable children and children of essential workers. Universities will close.

When do I need to wear a mask?
Masks remain mandatory everywhere except your home, including outdoors. They will also be mandatory for everyone at high school for the first time. This includes students as young as 11 years old. Elsewhere, exemptions apply for children under the age of 12.

Can I have a friend over?
No visitors are allowed in your home. Private and public gatherings are also prohibited.

Are weddings and funerals permitted?
Yes, but they must be limited to 10 people.

For further information on the new restrictions, see the state government's updated Covid-19 information page here.

For the list of exposure sites visit Queensland Health.