COVID-19 update: 29 March 2021
The health, safety and welfare of children, families, educators and staff of early childhood services is the department's priority.
The department is liaising closely with public health authorities on the latest COVID-19 developments and will act immediately on their advice.
Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown
This morning the Premier announced a 3-day lockdown for the Greater Brisbane area from 5pm tonight until 5pm Thursday 1 April. This lockdown is for residents in the local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan and Redlands.
Anyone who has been in these local government areas since Saturday 20 March is required to stay at home except for the essential reasons listed below. This includes people who have travelled to these areas from other locations.
Residents in these local government areas can only leave home for the following reasons:
To keep our most vulnerable Queenslanders safe, aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will close to visitors across the state.
Early childhood services including outside school hours care in the lockdown areas will remain open and operating to children of essential workers and vulnerable children unless advised otherwise by health authorities.
Residents of the locked down areas must wear masks indoors, except at home, including in ride shares, on public transport and in workplaces.
The protocols surrounding mask wearing has not changed, therefore, educators and staff are not required to wear masks when working with children.
For the rest of Queensland, masks should be worn while indoors, except at home.
You may wish to communicate this information to educators, staff and families who attend your service.