Residents on the fringes of Brisbane have been left wondering which service station to use, as restrictions eased in parts of south-east Queensland on Friday evening but not in Brisbane itself.

On Friday morning the Premier announced the state’s snap three-day lockdown would lift for some regions at 6pm, including Townsville, Palm Island, Ipswich, Logan City, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the Gold Coast.

However, lockdown for Brisbane and Moreton Bay was extended another 24 hours, with Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young calling for extra time for contact tracers to locate people following three new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus.

The new measures mean those on Brisbane’s border would need to be careful where they travelled to avoid going back into restrictions on Saturday.

In Logan, grey areas included service stations on Underwood Road and the Rochedale Markets – both seemingly in Logan but, in fact, Brisbane locations.

The divide stretches for much of northern Logan across both sides of the M1.

On this stretch of Underwood Road, people on the left live in the Logan suburb of Rochedale South, while people on the right live in the Brisbane suburb of Rochedale.
In this stretch of Underwood Road, people on the left live in the Logan suburb of Rochedale South, while people on the right live in the Brisbane suburb of Rochedale. CREDIT:STUART LAYT

Queensland Health says while people could travel to a lockdown area for any of the permitted purposes, which do not include volunteering, shopping, exercise, visiting another residence (except to provide care) or attending a wedding or funeral, they would need to follow the lockdown rules once they returned home.

A tale of two servos: Logan residents filling up at the Coles service station will be fine, but if they fill up at the Ampol they have crossed into the Brisbane lockdown area.
A tale of two servos: Logan residents filling up at the Coles service station will be fine, but if they fill up at the Ampol they have crossed into the Brisbane lockdown area.CREDIT:STUART LAYT

“You can return to your home outside of an impacted area, but you must follow the same lockdown rules when you return home,” Queensland Health regulations state.

“Only leave your home for the permitted purposes and wear a mask when doing so.

The Rochedale markets sit in Brisbane just over the border, but are very popular with people from Brisbane and Logan alike.he Rochedale markets sit in Brisbane just over the border, but are very popular with people from Brisbane and Logan alike. CREDIT:STUART LAYT

You can also transit through an impacted area without stopping.”

When asked about the seriousness of restrictions, Mater Health director of infectious diseases Paul Griffin said the risk in the community was relatively low.

Dr Griffin said health authorities were yet to ascertain the strains involved or how the new cases came to acquire the infection.

Infectious diseases expert Paul Griffin.
Infectious diseases expert Paul Griffin. CREDIT:STUART LAYT

“Our biggest concern was of sustained local transmission from those previously identified cases and I think it’s clear that seems very unlikely now at this stage,” he said.

“I think the actual risk is very low, so this is obviously a cautious approach while more information is ascertained.

“We get the sequencing back relatively quickly and see what that matches, we’ll understand their movements and potential interactions with any known cases and hopefully establish a link and if not work out where the missing link might be.”

A short drive south to the Gold Coast, where restrictions were eased, mayor Tom Tate rallied the city to “get out in droves” and support local businesses.

“I urge every Gold Coaster and our much-loved tourists to get out and about, shop, dine and play locally,” he said.

“We have at least a week left of the school holidays and the weather is about to clear, so please support the mum-and-dad businesses right across our city.”

Cr Tate said the economic loss would run into the tens of millions of dollars.

“Worse, it impacts the confidence of domestic travellers who are reluctant to book in case they get stuck here or have to scramble to return home,” he said.

Cr Tate said there had to be a better way to address COVID in the Queensland community than movement restrictions.

“In my opinion, that way is to get as many Australians vaccinated as quickly as possible,” he said.

“You can’t fight a war without bullets and I urge both levels of government to get on top of both the supply of vaccination and its distribution.”

Extracted n full from: QLD COVID: Petrol stations, markets could land people in lockdown (brisbanetimes.com.au)

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