Increase in SEQ COVID-19 cases sparks warning for Sunshine Coast residents
  • Monday 24 August 2020

New directions are in place for gatherings on the Sunshine Coast in line with measures introduced across Queensland following an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson called on residents to comply with the public health directions and limit gatherings in private homes or public spaces to a maximum of 30 people, continue to maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing and get tested if you experience flu-like symptoms.

Limitations on gatherings do not apply to businesses operating with a COVID Safe plan.

Over the weekend, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer announced a range of measures to manage the situation resulting from additional positive COVID-19 cases in south east Queensland.

“Do not become complacent. Doing the right thing is very simple,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Queensland Health is asking for you to stay home if you are sick and be sure to get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or fatigue.

“Testing is essential, no matter how mild your symptoms are.

“The Chief Health Officer has made it very clear – there have been very low incidences of the cold and flu this season, so if you have any symptoms, it is absolutely critical that you get tested.”

Mayor Jamieson said Sunshine Coast residents needed to support each other’s efforts to comply with public health directions.

“We all have a role to play in slowing the spread and I urge everyone to act responsibly.”  

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, call your doctor or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and get tested. Call emergency services on Triple Zero (000) if you are very sick.

Visit Queensland Health’s website to find your nearest testing centre, further information about restrictions on gatherings and for a list of locations linked to the south east Queensland confirmed cases.