Ms Palaszczuk announced on Monday there were 10 cases of the coronavirus in Queensland in the preceding 24 hours, of which four were locally acquired. The other six cases were from overseas.
As a result, greater Brisbane entered a lockdown to last for at least three days from 5pm on Monday, 29 March.
Greater Brisbane covers the council areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and Moreton.
During the lockdown, people in greater Brisbane will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons such as grocery shopping, exercise, work and medical care.
As for the rest of the state, the Queensland government said masks should be worn while indoors, except at home where private gatherings are limited to 30 people.
Further, Ms Palaszczuk called greater Brisbane a COVID hotspot and encouraged leaders in the other states and territories to follow suit.
“I apologise for the inconvenience that it’s doing to people, but health has to come first here,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This will enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing.
“This is the right thing to do based on the health advice.”
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland general manager of advocacy and policy Amanda Rohan said the strict lockdown now will inevitably create challenges for many businesses who are gearing up ahead of the Easter long weekend, but it could prevent long-term financial implications.
“We understand that today’s announcement will disrupt operations and can create uncertainty for businesses affected and consumers, especially so close to the Easter long weekend,” Ms Rohan said.
“But early action can contain the spread of the virus, giving businesses the best chance to reopen for Easter holidays and minimise longer-term financial impacts across the Queensland economy.”
Ms Rohan said that, throughout the pandemic, CCIQ has advocated for a suite of stimulus support measures that have helped businesses to date; however, many of these, including JobKeeper, have now finished.
In light of these measures rescinding, she said it is crucial for the state government to create a stimulus package for businesses who are forced to close in declared hotspot areas.
“Now is the time for targeted support for businesses to cover their losses. This could be similar to the disaster recovery arrangement that exists when environmental disasters hit our state, a diverse range of funding release measures including financial assistance,” Ms Rohan said.
“What will be essential, though, is clear communication of expectations and requirements for when lockdowns occur and hotspots declared so businesses and consumers are aware of the current conditions and know what support they can rely on.”
The full list of active contact tracing alerts in Queensland can be found here.