Queensland closes its borders to ALL New South Wales and the ACT – declaring them corona virus hotspots and excluding millions from the Sunshine State
- The Prime Minister of Queensland has closed the border to all of New South Wales and the ACT
- Follows revelation travelers using territory to bypass Queensland border bans
- Border residents and essential workers can cross the border with NSW
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has closed the border to all of New South Wales and the ACT, declaring that they are all coronavirus hotspots.
The decision will take effect on Saturday at 1 a.m., Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday morning.
All NSW and ACT visitors are denied entry except for rare exceptions, and returning Queenslanders must pay a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.
Only residents of border communities and essential workers are allowed to cross the border between Queensland and NSW.
The announcement comes despite the fact that the Sunshine State only registered one new COVID-19 case overnight.
“We have seen Victoria not getting better and we are not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We must act and we have made the decisive decision to act. I said I will not hesitate and today is the day, “she said.
She said that the fact that NSW continued to see cases every day “was of great importance to Queensland.”
The improved restrictions follow the revelation that ACT was used by travelers as an intermediary to avoid Queensland’s ban on those from Sydney and Victoria.
Ms Palaszczuk said the exceptions are limited and have compassionate reasons.
Those who have been allowed to cross the border will be issued a pass with their photo ID and photo ID.
She said the border closure would be reviewed in late August.
Pictured: A pedestrian with a face mask walks along a tram in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday. Queensland has moved to close the border with all of New South Wales and the ACT
Queensland Prime Minister said the only confirmed case involved a 68-year-old woman in West Moreton in the southeast of the state.
There are now 11 active cases in Queensland.
State Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles defended the border closure by saying that the nine cases announced in Queensland this week have “ put a huge strain on the health system. ”
Ms. Palaszczuk said that exceptions to the closure of the border would be limited and should include compassionate reasons, essential workers and those living in border communities
“We had nine cases here in Queensland that week,” he said.
“Two travelers from Victoria, three cases of local transmission, two Queenslanders who traveled to Sydney and one who brought Queenslander back through Sydney, as well as that one case today and we don’t know the source of their infection yet.”
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