Queensland’s Chief Health Officer is issuing an important reminder about mask wearing in airports and on flights, following three recently positive COVID-19 cases transiting through Brisbane Airport.
Dr Jeannette Young said the mask wearing direction is in place for exactly this reason.
“We know most of our positive cases are overseas acquired in people travelling to Queensland on planes,” she said.
“This is why the Australian Government mandated mask wearing on planes and in airports, and we have put in place a specific public health direction in Queensland to enforce it.
“It is absolutely critical everyone follows the rules and wears a mask if they’ve got plans to travel.
“While the teams on the ground report a great level of compliance, there has been an increase in people turning up to airports without a mask.
“Not only can you be fined $200 on the spot, it is a safety precaution for you and for the people around you.
“It could be the difference between catching COVID-19 or not.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath reminded Queenslanders to remain vigilant by following health directives to stay safe. “Queenslanders have done an incredible job of following the health advice of our Chief Health Officer,” said Minister D’Ath. “We must not be complacent, and I ask everyone to continue to keep up with the measures that we know keep us safe, like social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask when required to do so.”
Dr Young said: “Recently, we’ve had three positive COVID-19 cases who have had some limited exposure at the Brisbane Airport.