Lockdown traffic and mask wearing rules in cars: RACQ calls for calm

RACQ has called for calm on the State’s roads as Greater Brisbane was set to enter a three-day lockdown following a spate of community transmissions of the UK strain of COVID-19.
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The State Government announced the snap lockdown would begin from 5pm Monday night and included the Moreton Bay, Logan, Redlands and Ipswich local government areas.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie asked motorists to remain calm on the region’s roads.

“What we saw in January’s lockdown was heavy congestion on the Bruce Highway and M1 as people raced to leave Brisbane before the curfew set in,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you’re heading home to the coasts this evening, prepare for the trip to be congested, pack your patience, and remain courteous to others behind the wheel.

“Check RACQ Road Conditions before you set off so you know what kind of journey you’re in for.”

Ms Ritchie warned drivers in Greater Brisbane to remain vigilant, especially around shopping precincts.

“We’ve been told there is no need to panic buy, with shopping allowed during this lockdown, but there’s still lot of people rushing out for supplies,” she said.

“Take care around these shopping centres, especially in car parks, and keep a close eye out for pedestrians.”

Ms Ritchie said mask wearing was also mandatory for Greater Brisbane but advised residents it was not necessary inside private vehicles.

“You don’t need to wear your mask while you are travelling in your own vehicle or inside your home, but you will have to wear a mask indoors and if you’re outside and physical distancing isn’t possible,” she said.

“That includes not only workplaces, shopping centres and public spaces, but also if you’re using rideshare services and on public transport.

“While Greater Brisbane residents won’t be travelling around unless for essential reasons, it’s wise to keep a few masks handy in the glove box of your car so you’re not caught out.

“The rest of Queensland has also been asked to wear masks when indoors, on public transport and when they can’t physically distance.”

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