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Queensland records six new local COVID-19 cases, restrictions extended

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Queensland has recorded six new local cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, triggering new restrictions.

Queensland has recorded six new local cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, triggering a tightening of restrictions.

Four of the new transmissions are linked to the aviation cluster. There are now 22 active cases in Queensland.

Further restrictions will come in from 4pm today, which will last for two weeks, in response to Queensland's growing coronavirus outbreak and a bid to avoid lockdown.

The rules will apply to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Townsville and Palm Island.

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What are the new Stage Two restrictions?

Restrictions will be tightened for two weeks in the six areas.

Public and private gatherings are limited to 30 people. Aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability service providers will close to visitors.

Cafes and restaurants return to one person per 4m² indoors, one person per 2m² outdoors and you must be seated in hospitality venues.

Capacity at stadiums and events will also reduce to 75 per cent, including Sunday's NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

"I think everyone realises that we've got to put these restrictions in place if we are to avoid a lockdown at this stage," said Premier Annastacia Palaszczk

"I want everyone please to take this very seriously and to please do the right thing."

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young admitted the rules were "annoying for people" but said they were essential steps to prevent a full lockdown.

"We need people to return to being seated during eating and drinking, and it's because when you get up and wander around it's hard to know who you've been in contact with," Dr Young said.

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"In those large venues, we've kept them at 75 per cent (capacity) to decrease the numbers of people coming into those large venues and it's critical that people wear their masks the entire time.

"We know masks work."

Aviation cluster link

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says those with coronavirus in the so-called 'aviation cluster' became infected during an event on September 20.

They were infectious in the community from the 21st, she said.

There are "quite a number" of new exposure sites and those on the Gold Coast are being urged to come forward for testing.

"Although we haven't seen any community cases expand out from any of these own clusters, there are so many of them now," Dr Young said.

"It's a concern so it's important we put some restrictions back in place."

NRL Grand final stays in Brisbane but fans reduced

The NRL Grand Final crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane will be reduced to 75 per cent under new restrictions introduced in Queensland from 4pm today.

Those in attendance will need to wear masks.

Suncorp Stadium (pictured) could lose the NRL Grand Final to Townsvile if a coronavirus outbreak materialises in Brisbane.

"It is going to be disappointing for people but we have to take the health advice," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Health advice is to move to stage two. Stage two is as 75 per cent capacity. That is what it will be."

For those who have bought tickets, 9News understands the NRL will adopt a last-in, first out policy when coming to making a decision about which ticket-holders miss out.

No Queensland-NSW border bubble changes

No changes will be made to the current Queensland-New South Wales border bubble arrangement, despite rising cases on both sides.

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"Not at the moment," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"If there are cases that happen in northern New South Wales, the New South Wales government may take action. And then we would reciprocate."

Source: 9News

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