QLD Snap Lockdown - How Long Will It Last?

Queensland has suddenly had snap lockdown with 6 hours notice. It's supposed to be for three days but may last longer.

What's your thoughts? How long will the QLD lockdown last? Will the lockdown end in three days?


Update: Thanks to the community for things to do:

Things to do during lockdown

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  • +35 votes

    I'd say the 3-day period will probably extend to a week.
    Unless there are more twats from NSW trying to sneak in, in which case, it will be most of August.

    • +20 votes

      Yeah I don't think 3 days is enough to be certain it's contained. But it would be terribly unlucky to have it spread anything like Sydney. Probably be somewhere like recent SA, Vic and WA outbreaks. A week or so of lockdown and back to normal.

      Now imagine if Gladys had done the same…

      • +17 votes

        Luck had nothing to do with the way it spread in Sydney, Pure incompetence from government and selfishness with residents. QLD is far from immune to either of those but hopefully Sydney will stand as a lesson.

        • +7 votes

          Certainly. I was implying that having a government call a snap lockdown early on has worked well for the other states.

          It would be unlucky for Brisbane to reach Sydney level cases when they locked down so fast.

          Sydney is where they are because they failed to follow the other states with lockdowns and presumed their “gold standard” contact tracing would save them. Now they’re getting help from both WA and Victoria…

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        Three days definitely not enough to be certain it's contained.

        But should give enough time to find all the contacts and get them all into two week isolation and tested, any found positive then repeat with all their contacts etc

        If all goes well (no new cases found outside isolation) then the lockdown can be eased, but still need restrictions, masks, etc for the next two weeks to be sure no cases were missed.

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      Unless there are more twats from NSW trying to sneak in, in which case, it will be most of August.

      Need to through these twats in gaol.

      • -9 votes

        The convict cheers on his fellows to be thrown in jail too.

        While the scare stories of 90 year olds dying may scare you …

        Any normal person is beginning to see the stupidity of lock downs which are proven not to work.

        • +4 votes

          The problem is that Gladys did too little, too late.

        • +2 votes

          Because WA's economy is doing terribly as a result of the lockdowns that 'don't work'… /s

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            @Drakesy: Keep working in the Federally owned resources to help the guys sacrificing in the eastern states doing something with screens all day . Eastern States tks WA :)

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              @popsiee: I guess someone has to fund the inevitable enquiry into the shambles that is the NSW Gov's handling of COVID.

              The big 4 are licking their lips in anticipation.

  • +5 votes

    protest some more , lockdown even more

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    add option: After NSW.
    Thanks!

    • +13 votes

      Add option: Before NSW.
      Winner!

  • +10 votes

    A week.

    Banana benders are generally more compliant than the South West Sydney 'types'.

    • -7 votes

      You don't know QLDers

      • +19 votes

        I think he might. I visited Brisbane whilst not in lockdown and almost everyone was wearing a mask, and every shop had security - you didn't get in without a mask + check-in. Somehow I don't think what's how it is in Sydney.

        • -8 votes

          I'm getting so over the interstate slagging of Sydney's lockdown, and interstate politics in general.

          In Sydney where I am (inner city) everyone is wearing a mask when shopping (I've probably seen 1400 people shopping since lockdown started 7 weeks ago), with the exception of one person, who I told the supermarket staff about (they asked him to wear a mask, apparently he refused, they said he was an anti vaxxer nutter). A handful do that silly thing of not covering their nose. I'd say we're at as close to 100% compliance in my area as you can practically get.

          Check in verification happens at Bunnings and McDonald's and most of the time at aldi. It doesn't happen at Coles and woolies and Officeworks. I'd like to see it everywhere. The only technical problem is my local shipping centre has no Telstra reception near Coles, and the centre's wifi does not work, and the check in app needs data to work, so checking in at my local Coles can be "interesting".

          I can't comment on anywhere else in Sydney, I haven't been more than 5 km from home.

          • +31 votes

            @nickj: The fact that there’s so many different stores accessible to the public is part of why there is slagging. Bunnings for example during Melbourne lockdown was only for tradies.

            People shit on Victoria last year and now that the shoe is on the other foot it’s all of a sudden unfair?

            My brother in law is telling me people in Sydney are still playing tennis with each other. So while I can’t speak for your 5km radius there’s certainly a level of “I’ll do what I want” going on.

            • +2 votes

              @mecusherb:

              My brother in law is telling me people in Sydney are still playing tennis with each other

              I have a number of my work colleagues in Sydney. A lot of them have family or holiday houses outside of Sydney. a few weeks into the current lockdown I know of at least 10 that have escaped and are working remotely from these properties. It just seems like a toothless lockdown that "others" need to do but not me.

            • +1 vote

              @mecusherb:

              Bunnings for example during Melbourne lockdown was only for tradies.

              How I look at it is that if Kmart and Target are closed for in-store shopping, and are click and collect only, you're in a stage 4 lockdown.

              We can quibble about the details (whether Bunnings is for tradies, whether a ring of steel is an effective measure [it wouldn't have stopped any interstate cases in this outbreak, for example], whether LGAs with high case loads should have testing for people leaving, whether construction should be shutdown completely or just restricted, and so forth).

              But in broad picture terms, they're comparable.

              People shit on Victoria last year and now that the shoe is on the
              other foot it’s all of a sudden unfair?

              I didn't shit on Victoria. I don't read the Murdoch press, or agree with them. In fact, I've said repeatedly to other Sydney people, prior to this outbreak, that everything that happened to Melbourne could have happen to Sydney, and that Melbourne just had remarkably bad luck - the second wave could have fizzled near the beginning but didn't, and everything after the second wave was pure bad luck, and that Sydney had (up to this point) had remarkably good luck (such as our first Delta outbreak that appeared with no known source, were found quickly, and fizzled out - it could have gone so wrong then, but didn't - but our current and second Delta outbreak is a very different story, it's almost an everything that could go wrong did go wrong scenario). So yes, I can say something is unfair, now the roles are reversed, and be entirely self-consistent doing so.

              My brother in law is telling me people in Sydney are still playing tennis with each other.

              If it's one versus one, and you don't play anyone else, that should allowed under the current rules, I think. Honestly, it is sometimes hard to keep up with the rules, they do seem to change them every week or so. But more than that (to the best of my knowledge) it is not allowed.

          • +9 votes

            @nickj: There are tiktoks in Sydney people chilling on the beach, no masks, no social distancing and crowded. In east Sydney.

            Now Brisbane is literally deserted while sydney is living it up still.

          • +17 votes

            @nickj:

            I'm getting so over the interstate slagging of Sydney's lockdown, and interstate politics in general.

            It's hard not to slag Sydney when all of the outbreaks and lockdowns elsewhere right now are directly caused by what's happening in Sydney - all of the seeding of cases in other states have all originated from Sydney.

            In Sydney where I am (inner city) everyone is wearing a mask when shopping (I've probably seen 1400 people shopping since lockdown started 7 weeks ago)

            The fact that you've seen 1400 people shopping since the lockdown started is direct evidence that whatever is happening up in Sydney is not working.

            Nobody should be out shopping, everything should be closed. Supermarkets should only be for absolute emergencies, all shopping should be done with contactless delivery.

            I can't comment on anywhere else in Sydney, I haven't been more than 5 km from home.

            That doesn't really give you a good perspective…

            FWIW, sure, a bit of the slagging is interstate rivalry. Don't pretend like Sydney folk haven't slagged us Melbourne folk last year when we were in lockdown. That part's all fun and games.

            However, I think the undeniable truth is that the interstate sniping started off with Gladys (and arguably ScoMo) who took liberty to criticise Dan, which of course, has now backfired since Gladys pretty much put herself against the wall - either it was no lockdown, or lockdown and look silly. Unfortunately she chose the former to save face.

            • +4 votes

              @p1 ama: The current Brisbane outbreak came from hotel quarantine not Sydney.
              Melbournes most recent outbreaks had 2 sources. The Sydney removalists that the VIC government issued exemption passes to but didn’t implement any measures to ensure compliance. Then the Victorian family that returned from Sydney with the virus that refused to isolate and went out and about.

              Sydney people criticised Melbourne last year because Victorians were acting like Dan was their saviour. No one could understand that because looking from the outside he was completely responsible for corrupt decisions made that led to hotel quarantine being run by incompetent idiots who spread covid and killed 800 people.
              Followed by an expensive investigative inquiry where no one in the Andrew’s government had a clue how anything happened or took any responsibility. It’s outrageous.
              It’s baffling that a bunch of corrupt crooks got away with that and are now seen as heroes.

              In Bondi, where the current outbreak started, there are only 7 active cases, the numbers are dropping cos these people are isolating.
              People are out doing whatever they like cos there’s no covid in the Bondi community now.

              The demographics of the western suburbs are different to the eastern suburbs so it’s not as easy to manage an outbreak.

              Over 2 million people, nearly half the city population is imprisoned in the west. It’s a population of greater ethnic diversity and lower socioeconomic class that has a much higher percentage of essential workers. Less people can work from home, households are larger and communicating the ever changing rules is more challenging.

              Yes the government has lost control of the situation.
              Of course a localised hard lock down in Bondi could’ve prevented this but it didn’t happen.

              Sydney is going to be like this till the end of the year.
              Sydney people don’t need to hear the NSW Government got it wrong, they all know that.

              Two weeks ago NSW asked the other states for help contact tracing. Victoria said no.
              The NSW government asked the other states for more vaccines, they all said no.

              This situation is completely out of control, the NSW government can’t cope. They are all but admitting this and are asking for help and no one will help.

              No one in Sydney wants to hear all that Gladys bashing and blaming.
              We were begging Gladys to lock us down just as we begged her to close the border to Victoria last year. She never listens.

              We are not all a bunch of Liberal voters. We are people caught up in something that’s not our own doing.

              People in Sydney are dying, have lost their income and are stripped of their civil liberties. We are scared and angry.

              Help us get out of this in one piece without slagging every single one of us off.

              • +10 votes

                @Meho2026:

                Sydney people criticised Melbourne last year because Victorians were acting like Dan was their saviour. No one could understand that because looking from the outside he was completely responsible for corrupt decisions made that led to hotel quarantine being run by incompetent idiots who spread covid and killed 800 people.

                I agree that the decisions made around hotel quarantine were completely inept. However, I also do think that even with different decisions made around hotel quarantine, there would have been a leak at some point (as evidenced by every other state).

                By your own logic, nobody looking from the outside in would understand why Gladys would put her own face and hubris ahead of the wellbeing of the state she is elected to serve. If you're claiming that Dan is responsible for the VIC outbreak, then by the same logic, Gladys is responsible for NSW, doubly so because she could have chosen to learn the lesson from what happened in VIC.

                This situation is completely out of control, the NSW government can’t cope. They are all but admitting this and are asking for help and no one will help.

                It's because nobody is in a position to help. Gladys is simply just trying to divert blame by putting it onto the other states. On the point about vaccines, there's plenty of supply of AZ, so again, just all bluster from NSW.

                No one in Sydney wants to hear all that Gladys bashing and blaming.

                And yet you open your post with good old Dan bashing.

                People in Sydney are dying, have lost their income and are stripped of their civil liberties. We are scared and angry.

                Well direct your blame at the right people - (i) Gladys for her incompetent management of your state's public health, and (ii) ScoMo for bungling the vaccine rollout, and (iii) ATAGI for flip-flopping on vaccine advice that's now left us with a 15% vaccination rate instead of a > 50% vaccination rate if everyone had taken the AZ

              • +5 votes

                @Meho2026:

                They are all but admitting this and are asking for help and no one will help.

                I'm seriously confused here.

                Gladys is fronting pressers randomly and is embarrassing herself with pointing fingers at every other state, while making fun of every other state when they where in lockdown - shoes on the other foot and you're saying they've all but admitting they need help well ASK FOR HELP, Gladys, and stop being a stick in the mud.

                  • +3 votes

                    @BigBirdy: 2 effing good

                    • +5 votes

                      @ThithLord: LOL. Gladys and Scomo. The gold standard managers in ensuring contact tracing, their handling of the vaccine rollout keeps virus numbers down and economies open. Either of them couldn’t manage to organise a piss up in pub.

                      • +6 votes

                        @justgooddeals: I'd recommend following Michael West (a fantastic independent journalist) who will be posting an article in the coming days called "Friends & Enemies" about all the effed things this Fed Government has done under the guise of COVID measures. They want COVID to run rampant because of all the horrible policy/legislation they can ram through. It's scary.

            • +1 vote

              @p1 ama:

              The fact that you've seen 1400 people shopping since the lockdown started is direct evidence that whatever is happening up in Sydney is not working.

              Yeah lol, wtf. It was like a ghost town here in Perth during our lockdowns.

            • -1 vote

              @p1 ama:

              all of the seeding of cases in other states have all originated from Sydney.

              I would have thought that was an argument to help us get on top of it? We can barely help or protect ourselves right now, so I don't see how you're surprised that despite best efforts it keeps getting out. I would assume it will continue to escape until we eliminate it, unfortunately.

              The fact that you've seen 1400 people shopping

              Seeing 200 people per shop in a mid-sized shopping centre (one with a Coles, Aldi, Kmart, Target, Apple store) is actually pretty quiet. I'd estimate I'd see around 500 people per shop outside of lockdown, so around 40% of the usual shoppers, and only the essential stuff is open (Kmart and Target are closed, only allowing click and collect). And this week 6 of the lockdown - for a short lockdown like in Perth, people can just use what's in the freezer, but after 6 weeks, people do need to buy more food.

              Nobody should be out shopping, everything should be closed. Supermarkets
              should only be for absolute emergencies, all shopping should be done with
              contactless delivery.

              Have you ever actually been in a lockdown like that? There is not the labour force to make that happen. I'll just do a contactless delivery at aldi…. oh whoopsie, they don't do it (not in Melbourne second wave, not in Brisbane, not in Perth, not in Adelaide, etc, etc) - so if you've seen this somewhere, please do share details of this mythical service. Okay, I'll just contactless delivery from my GPs those scripts I need. Oh they don't do it either. And I'll get the medicines delivered from the local chemist - oh they don't either. And then there's lots places where if they do deliver, to get free delivery and not get whacked with a decent delivery fee, you have a crazy high spend ($100 at Harris Farms for fruit & veg comes to mind). Nice idea in theory, completely not how the world works in practice - and I have to operate within real world as it actually exists around me.

              Don't pretend like Sydney folk haven't slagged us Melbourne folk last
              year when we were in lockdown.

              Geez, who hurt you?! I didn't slag Melbourne. Other Sydney folk no doubt did, but I thought it was stupid and shortsighted for many reasons - a) "there but for the grace of god go I" was my first, second, and third thought during Melb's second wave, b) you don't kick someone when they're down, c) if you do kick someone when they're down, they are going to remember that for a VERY long time, a lot longer than the person doing the kicking.

              That part's all fun and games.

              Over sport, or who hosts an event, sure, go for it. I don't think it's all fun and games when people start going to hospital or even dying. We already passed Melbourne's peak in Sydney's for number of people in ICU, and will shortly pass your numbers for hospital admissions and people on ventilators. And we are nowhere near the peak yet (still being investigated + in community whilst infectious + partially in community = the the number to watch, and it keeps going up and up, this is nowhere near over). When there is actual harm going on, it is no longer a game.

              I agree that the decisions made around hotel quarantine were completely inept.

              And NSW has been completely inept in many ways too, including but not limited to: Ruby princess; Not giving vaccines to Vic when they asked for them setting a horrendous precedent; Not supporting Vic's request for federal financial support during lockdowns after jobkeeper ended; Not recognizing that Delta was different; Not locking down sooner or harder.

              Look, all the states have stuffed up, in many and varied ways. But it's a one in a hundred year pandemic. Stuff is going to go wrong. I'm over blame, and I'm over political games, and I'm over the Murdoch press creating internal conflict to sell newspapers or get viewers (because that worked out so well for the UK during Brexit, and for the US during their 2016 election, and for the US during their 2020 election, etc etc). Let's just get through this please, and focus on fighting the virus, not each other.

              • +3 votes

                @nickj:

                I would have thought that was an argument to help us get on top of it?

                Completely agree, but how exactly does another state "help"? Again, I think that calls of help are just a political ploy to point the finger at someone else.

                When other states do help, e.g. Dan suggesting to build a "ring of steel" around Sydney - it's met with animosity despite us having a "ring of steel" around Melbourne for over 100 days last year (it was even literally called a "ring of steel").

                Seeing 200 people per shop in a mid-sized shopping centre (one with a Coles, Aldi, Kmart, Target, Apple store) is actually pretty quiet. I'd estimate I'd see around 500 people per shop outside of lockdown, so around 40% of the usual shoppers, and only the essential stuff is open

                During the peak of the Melbourne lockdown, shopping centres were literally a ghost town. You're talking like a Woolworths/Coles with like maybe 10 - 20 people max.

                Have you ever actually been in a lockdown like that? There is not the labour force to make that happen.

                Yes, that's what the Melbourne lockdown was like. I feel like this is the issue with Sydney right now - there's just a complete and utter lack of awareness of how other states do it and how all of these problems have literally been solved many times before.

                I'll just contactless delivery from my GPs those scripts I need. Oh they don't do it either.

                They actually do - I got a prescription from my GP via tele-health (video conferencing). I sent that script to a pharmacy to be fulfilled and they sent out my medication via the post. Worked out really well!

                Geez, who hurt you?! I didn't slag Melbourne. Other Sydney folk no doubt did

                Not me personally, but I meant more broadly. If you want a prime example of slagging, it's your own premier - how often did Gladys (for no reason other than to score cheap political points) snipe at other premiers. Not just limited to Dan, but also WA, SA, QLD…etc. I agree that these things should not be political, but the unfortunate reality is that it has turned political, as most things seem to do these days.

                Stuff is going to go wrong. I'm over blame, and I'm over political games, and I'm over the Murdoch press creating internal conflict to sell newspapers or get viewers (because that worked out so well for the UK during Brexit, and for the US during their 2016 election, and for the US during their 2020 election, etc etc). Let's just get through this please, and focus on fighting the virus, not each other.

                Well, you were also the one saying that NSW would be better off without the rest of Australia and that your relationship with the rest of Australia may never recover.

                Anyway, I don't wish ill on Sydney. You'd never know it, but outside of Melbourne, Sydney is where I spend the most time. I'm sure that's probably true for the vast majority of people down here. Criticism made of NSW and/or its lockdown comes from a genuine place. Melbourne was in lockdown for 112 days last year so I get it.

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                  @p1 ama: The issue i think in general a lot of sydneysiders (and im sure melbournians last year) had was that most of the city (90% +) are doing the right things. The city is more or less a ghost town, movement data shows that theres less movement than Melbourne at the height of its lockdown.

                  Of course there are people flaunting the rules and there are social media or even mainstream media that blows it up, thats what gets the clicks and views after all. But the majority of the city is not like that and are already sick of the situation.

                  Personally, while I believe that there is a time to review and reflect on what was done and what could be done better, now is not the time for that as we're still in the middle of the situation. We should be working to get out of it in everyway possible then start to work out who did what and why they should be sacked.

                  One other thing to keep in mind as to why Gladys and the NSW LNP party actually has a fair amount of political goodwill (that they're burning right now) is that over the last decade or so they've actually been actively building major infrastructure and things around the city at quite a rapid pace. Theres always semantics in the poltics as to whether its done efficiently or cost effectively. but at the end of the day they've actually delivered the infrastructure projects that the old NSW labor dragged their feet on.

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    what does a 3 day lock down achieve? doesn't it need to be longer?

    • +1 vote

      They forgot to mention zero at the back of 3

    • +26 votes

      Time to do the contact tracing?

    • +3 votes

      It will likely be longer - I’m surprised it wasn’t announced sooner. If we’re lucky 1-2 weeks.

    • +12 votes

      To stop infected people from unknowingly going around and spreading, to give people a chance to go and get tested, to slow any transmission so that cases can be more easily traced…etc.

      If the aim is to keep cases at zero (whether that should be the goal is a different discussion), then the best course of action is what QLD is doing.

  • +2 votes

    add option, before Olympics is coming.

  • +9 votes

    It could go either way. The exposure site at Indooroopilly High School has 2500 students. Plus it's a family of five. Two other kids potentially spreading the virus.
    Adults tend to be more hygienic and have personal space boundaries, but if my kids are anything to go by (Last week I had to ask the six year old to stop licking a railing at a park) there might be a few more cases popping up.

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      The kids are teenagers.

      • +24 votes

        So still into licking things. Hopefully not railings though.

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          Sadly you never know.

        • +4 votes

          Do you even lick?
          .

    • +3 votes

      you're probably overrating surface infection, there's plenty of evidence that this virus spread primarily through airborne aerosol so stop worry too much about touching the door knob and then your face, instead pray that no one in the same room breath out the virus because if they do then only luck will help you.

      • +9 votes

        So my six year old can safely continue to sample railings across neighbourhoods, and rate them based on taste, grit, flavour and texture? Fabulous.

        • +4 votes

          Grit is part of texture my 6 year old says

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            @serpserpserp: I was instructed as it had a combination of flavour and texture it deserved a category of its own. As his palate expands so do the categories.

    • +1 vote

      Not just kids. Usually disgusted by people who lick their fingers after eating but even more so now. What is the point of wearing a face mask in public, then removing it to eat, then lick your fingers then proceed to touch everything in public space including chairs, tables, door handles etc

      I've seen this way too many times including on a domestic flight a few days ago

      • -2 votes

        Hot tip: find something better to do than look at others on a flight. If I noticed the other people in the flight I wouldn't survive until take off.

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          Only you would think that's a hot tip. Being completely unaware of your surrounding is not a hot tip. That is being stupid

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        I feel for you. Some of the stuff I see people do makes me pretty uncomfortable that a country's livelihood is potentially impacted by a few of them. Normally I'm all for natural selection and let idiots just fall off the edge but doesn't work like that during a pandemic

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      Why was the kid licking a railing? wtf?

      When I was 6 I wasn't licking rails

  • +17 votes

    Get Gladys onto the case and then I'm saying January 2022.

    Anastasia will have this over in 10 days.

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      Leave our GoldLadyStandard alone!

  • +9 votes

    Can we just build a wall around NSW?

    • +4 votes

      And let the Mexicans you guys paid for it. ^_^;

    • +3 votes

      You can try but it will never work. Our special elite removalists will find a way around it.

      • +9 votes

        The simple fact is: we would be better off without you.

        Hahahahahhahhhahahahahaaaaaaahahah

      • +3 votes

        yet it's actually the harshest lockdown the country has had

        Maybe, if people actually followed the restrictions. There were people in the thousands protesting in the street without masks last weekend. There’s all the examples given above too of people going to holiday homes, crowded beaches etc. restrictions were way too late and super lenient at the start or the outbreak eg you could have 10ppl exercising together at the start of this outbreak.

        I agree this shouldn’t be about state borders, rather about actual hotspots. The problem is when people don’t follow the rules, the others states find it much easier to simply shut the border.

        Re sharing vaccines, do you think NSW would share with other states if it was be other way round? Pretty much all the states are battling outbreaks and trying to avoid getting into the same situation as nsw. There is no shortage of AZ vaccine either. So people have that option. Places like QLD are still working through getting all health workers vaccinated, with some needing their second dose in the appropriate timeframe so it wouldn’t make sense to donate vaccines to NSW at this stage. If we use your logic, Australia shouldn’t have any vaccines at all and would have donated all of our stock to countries battling larger scale outbreaks.

        There’s not actually great data for hotel quarantine, but I would guess that NSW is taking the majority partially because that’s where the majority of the arrivals intend to live/stay once out of quarantine. At a guess would say about 50% of those arriving in Australia intend to live in Sydney, it’s an international city with high numbers of new migrants, always has been.

        Anyway, don’t take comments about walls to heart - jovial interstate rivalry is part of Australian culture. Pretty much everyone has a connection to Sydney and wants things to improve. It’s only the residents of Sydney who can improve things through their actions now. There isn’t enough Pfizer comirnaty vaccine in Australia to help NSW at this stage, even if it all went to Sydney.

    • +1 vote

      You should know that anyone with enough money can travel across the walls in this country. Anastacia, Hollywood stars, tennis players, business owners…

      I'm kinda sick of seeing one state blaming the others, and all of them making political decisions instead of evidence-based decisions to make sure we leave this shit better as a nation.

      I'm getting to a point in which I am hoping this virus spreads equally to all states just so the premiers stop with the bullshit every time a state has an outbreak, which has been every week or so.

      BTW:
      https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-richest-and-the-poor...

  • +3 votes

    Has anyone looked at the "lockdown" fine print? You are classified as an "essential worker" simply if you can't do your job from home. Everyone can go to work as normal.

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      Edit - misread your comment. I agree

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      Yep, for Qld, this is correct - if you can’t do your work at home you can go to work. To be fair it’s not particularly fine print, it’s on the front page. “ Essential work is work that cannot be done from your home” https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coron...

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        I wasn't suggesting it was hidden, probably a poor choice of words, just that it's not exactly a "lock down". It will just be business as usual, same as the last "lock down".

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          I think there’s a few other differences this time. Like no gatherings whatsoever other than tiny (10 people) weddings or funerals. Also you need to wear a mask even for out door exercise (no one was doing this when I went for a walk at about 430pm except me).

          I was kind of hoping not to have to wear a mask at the beach, as that seems a bit weird since the beaches are not crowded at all, but seems like it’s mandatory. Also the 10km other than for work is different. Feel semi ripped off because 9.5km is ocean to the east, but have absolutely everything I need and more within 10km.

          • +1 vote

            @morse: That's the thing, wearing a mask at the beach is basically completely pointless, as you say, no one is there anyway.

            If it makes you feel better, I have the water not even 1km away, but we are stuck inside until Fri the 13th 😭.

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          just that it's not exactly a "lock down". It will just be business as usual, same as the last "lock down".

          Which is a good thing IMO - from experience, we've gotten better at figuring out where super-spreader events are likely to occur, so lockdowns can be more targeted and don't have to be everything.

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      Needs to be read in line with what businesses/events are allowed to stay open though.

      So IF your work is open AND you can't work from home, THEN you are an essential worker that can leave.

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        Where did you get that information from?

        I spoke directly with health department metro North, and they told me, and confirmed, what I have posted above.

        • +1 vote

          Well, it's kind of logical that your work has to be open for you to go to work right? And there's a list of businesses and activities in the locked down areas that must close during the lockdown period unless an exception applies on the page I linked.
          So if you work in those businesses/activities and you can't work from home, then you can't do your work…

          • -1 vote

            @NigelTufnel: Just because they aren't open to the public, or face to face, doesn't mean there isn't still work to be done…

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              @brendanm: I mean, you've obviously spoken to Qld heath about your circumstance, so that's fine…
              But your original statement of "Everyone can go to work as normal." is wrong.

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                @NigelTufnel: Sadly not my situation, my situation is sitting inside while wasting all my sick leave for no reason.

                You are correct, everyone cannot carry on as normal, the vast majority probably can though.

  • +5 votes

    I think everyone knows the formula ( Heavy and Hard ) for tackling this especially with Glady's incompetence .
    With that being the case possible weeks not mths .

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    No option for it ending early?

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      AFL doesn't think so with the scramble going on .

  • +8 votes

    If the stupid anti vaxxers and anti lockdown idiots in QLD have learnt nothing from the experience of NSW, good chance it will be longer than a week.

    If everyone keeps up with the good job we have done over the last year, hopefully 7 days.

    • -1 vote

      If the stupid anti vaxxers and anti lockdown idiots in QLD have learnt nothing from the experience of NSW, good chance it will be longer than a week.

      That's what happens when people get their news from the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine.
      I know a old white guy, about 60-70, consumes Sky News, he has the most outrageous ideas on what freedom, liberty and oppression are….. Here's totally white trash.

      • +3 votes

        Not sure why you got so many negs for saying

        the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine.
        I know a old white guy, about 60-70, consumes Sky News

        It’s actually true. Sky news after dark especially Alan Jones, Craig Kelly(liberal party MP) and Bolt have been pushing the argument hard that the delta variant is not as dangerous as the alpha variant. Hence lockdowns are really not necessary.

        Watch Media watch (2minutes in) On the ABC for an example.

        https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/jones/13450962
        Or
        https://www.smh.com.au/national/if-sky-can-put-jones-dangero...

        Sky news eventually withdrew the claim and footage from their website as it was such a weak, dangerous and misleading claim.

        • +1 vote

          Yeah there's quite a number of pro Sky News, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch people people on OzBargain. I actually find the negs amusing, even more so when they don't post any comment.

          • +1 vote

            @Wystri Warrick: I am still trying to understand why you were being negged for stating the facts!

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              @aspirepranesh: Some on OzBargain believe in the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine. They believe news from such as the likes of ABC and SBS news are far left radical propaganda machines, the Australian government is an oppressor and they are fighting the good fight i.e. for freedom and democracy……
              There's a few people on OzBargain who I know fit the above brain dead description, but I won't be posting their names publicly and risk getting in the sin bin.

              The old white trash guy I mentioned above, was a former work colleague, he bullied me for nearly a year cause I got my news from ABC and SBS, and thought the Rupert Murdoch press was a far right propaganda machine. One time while I was conducting an inspection for my manager, he lost his shits and went off swearing and threatened to beat me until I was black and blue - literally cannot explain how threating and angry he was, I literally thought he was going to kill me. Well I ended up leaving that job.
              So yeah, that white trash guy told me he gets all his news from Sky News and other Rupert Murdoch outlet's. He literally believes he's being oppressed my a semi socialist government. He told me and tried to convince others at work not to download the COVID tracing app because the government is no doubt planning to use it for nefarious purposes. He also tried to convince myself and others at work not to use the QR codes and sign in sheets when entering a business because the government will no doubt use the data to build up a profile of everyone and anyone and this can be used to oppress people, or even if the left try to seize power and use the data to find out who knows who and then oppress them…… The guy was literally sucking on the worst of Rupert Murdochs 'news' sources', he literally thinks he's being oppressed by the government……

              So yeah, just like that white trash guy there are no doubt people on OzBargain who consume the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine and believe it. I've even gotten into heated arguments on OzBargain over Rupert Murdoch. I know a few people on here who actually believe the worst that comes out of the Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine.

  • +2 votes

    Second Queensland outbreak from hospital quarantine? Maybe they need to have a look at that…

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    I'm betting/hoping 1 week, then an easing back over the next few weeks. Sharply stopping and going back to close to no restrictions just mask mandate doesn't make much sense to me, when you can have people incubating virus for up to 2 weeks.

    I don't think this will be 3 days. This is far worse situation than any of our previous snap 3 day lock downs. There's still an unknown mode of transmission here, and many more cases of a nastier variant who have been to a lot more locations with dense populations to spread it to.

  • +2 votes

    I'll also vote 10 days. That's what Victoria had for Lockdown 5.0, and probably what Queensland will need to squash it. Expect mask wearing in the LGAs until the end of August, and probably restrictions on gatherings for the month too.