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Face masks mandatory indoors in greater Brisbane or you'll be fined $200

The return of mandatory masks wearing indoors has returned in Brisbane as a concerning community cluster grows.

Queensland reported 10 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including four locally-acquired cases of the highly contagious UK variant, sparking a three lockdown in Brisbane from 5pm Monday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the return of mandatory masks wearing across Greater Brisbane and surrounding Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands areas.

Masks are mandatory in public, including indoor venues, unless you are in your own home.

Motorists don't have to wear a mask while driving.

Masks are strongly advised in other parts of Queensland in situations physically distancing is not possible or when visiting indoor venues or on public transport. 

'There is now more community transmission, and these people have been out and about in the community, and that is of concern to Queensland Health,' Ms Palaszczuk said.

The lockdown will last for three days at least, ahead of the Easter long weekend.

People will only be allowed to leave home to do essential work, shop, care for people or exercise.

'This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing,'  the Premier said.

'This is a huge job now that we have to do because we've got more of this community transmission.'

'I know this will mean some disruption to people's lives, but we've done this before, and we've got through it over those three days in the past, and if everyone does the right thing I'm sure that we will be able to get through it again.'

More to come. 

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