Townsville and Palm Island will enter stage two restrictions today, after a man who had been active in the community tested positive to COVID-19.

Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan and Moreton Bay are also facing tighter restrictions, which will limit capacity at Sunday’s NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

In all, there have been six new COVID-19 cases in the most recent reporting period.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said four of them are linked to the aviation trainer cluster, including the Townsville case.



“I would ask all Queenslanders to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website.

“There is a raft of processes that occur during contact tracing, and it’s not quick or simple.

“Locations go up as soon as they have gone through all of the checks and balances.”

A Brisbane woman who visited Kyogle in Northern New South Wales has also tested positive, while the sixth case is a person who had flown from Melbourne and is in hotel quarantine.

Stage two restrictions mean the number of people allowed in a home is reduced to 30.

Weddings and funerals will be capped at 100 people.

Restaurants and cafes will return to one person per four square metres and dancing will be banned at venues.

Capacity at sporting events will decrease to 75 per cent, which will impact Sunday’s NRL Grand Final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers.

The back-up venue is Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, which is also affected by capacity restrictions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there is no need to enter lockdown just yet, but the situation is being closely monitored.


“I’m asking all Queenslanders to check the list of locations, follow the health advice, and please come forward for testing if you have any symptoms at all.

“And keep doing the things you know how to do so well – wear your masks, check in at venues, wash your hands, socially distance, and stay home if you’re sick.

“Above all, get vaccinated.”

Full details of the stage 2 restrictions can be found at the Covid-19 website.


Main points

  • Townsville, Palm Island, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan and Moreton Bay enter stage 2 restrictions from 4pm

  • There have been six new cases of COVID-19 in Queensland

  • Capacity at Sunday's NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium will be limited
One of those pilots involved in the aviation cluster went up there on the 21st and has been infectious up there since then.
Dr Jeannette Young
Queensland Chief Health Officer
The next 24-48 hours is absolutely crucial.
Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier