Covid-19 QLD Border Control

Victorians banned from QLD as govt tightens border measures

Victorians will be completely blocked from entering Queensland and will be turned around at borders and airports.

The State Government has announced Victorians will no longer be given the option to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days as the coronavirus situation in Victoria worsens.

All others returning from Victoria, including Queensland residents, will still be forced into hotel quarantine.

Everyone entering Queensland will also have to declare on their border entry pass that will get tested if they have any symptoms or develop any symptoms with 14 days of arriving in the state.

A fine of $4004 will apply if anyone fails to get tested, with regular text messages to be sent to visitors to remind them of their obligations.

Pop-up testing clinics will also be set up in popular tourist destinations including the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns.

Health Minister Steven Miles says there are concerns the virus in Victoria may have already spread to people in New South Wales before it shut its border.

“The period of time between the 7th when the New South Wales border closed and the 10th when people from New South Wales will begin to be able to return to Queensland means there’s a period of a week to ten days where there is an escalated risk, where there is a risk that people from New South Wales were in contact with people from Victoria before their border closed and they may enter Queensland during their incubation period before they can get tested for COVID-19,” Mr Miles said.

Mr Miles says while a number of people were happy to cop the cost of self-paid mandatory quarantine to get out of Victoria, that can no longer continue.

“We need to reserve hotel accommodation for people who need to be quarantined – Queenslanders and Australians returning from overseas, Queenslanders returning from Victoria, and so we’ll be much stricter there.

“That will mean some very hard decisions and that will mean we will need the community’s understanding.”

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says there will be some exemptions on compassionate grounds, but they will be much stricter from now on.

“For instance, if someone’s relative is dying, if their father or mother is dying, then they can come up to Queensland, they go into mandatory hotel quarantine and if the hospital or palliative care service is able to supervise the interaction and provide PPE then that person can visit their dying relative,” Dr Young said.

Essential workers, including those providing medical support in Victoria will be given exemptions, but will have to go into quarantine, while freight will also continue to be exempt.

Exemptions will not be given to people wanting to attend funerals in Queensland.

Police have turned around almost 1000 people at road borders across the State since last Friday and sent 15 people into hotel quarantine.

Almost 200 people arriving at airports have also been forced into hotel quarantine.

It comes as Queensland records another day with no new cases.

The State’s total remains at 1068 with just two active cases, including one on the Gold Coast.

Body of missing kayaker found in Moreton Bay

UPDATE @ 9.00AM | The body of a kayaker, who went missing in waters off Moreton Bay, has been found.

Numerous search crews had been scouring waters overnight for the 21-year-old Brisbane man after he become separated from his groups of mates while paddling from Peel Island to North Stradbroke Island yesterday afternoon.

“The search, which continued throughout the night, located the man at 7.15am this morning,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.”

EARLIER @ 6.30AM | A major search is continuing this morning, after a kayaker disappeared off Moreton Bay.

A group of around seven friends were paddling to North Stradbroke Island around 5.00pm yesterday afternoon.

But the 21-year-old man became separated from the group during the journey.

Emergency services are out scouring the waters, but due to the rain overnight, crews are yet to conduct an air search.

As many as 14 police and volunteer vessels are out again this morning, still desperately searching.

Police warn of changes to Qld border measures from tomorrow

Motorists are being reminded that the border into Queensland will look a whole lot different tomorrow, as the state opens up to the rest of Australia (except Victoria).

From midday tomorrow, anyone who enters the state will need to have a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and any necessary documentation to prove they have not been in Victoria over the past 14 days.

The changes apply to everyone who crosses the border, including Queensland residents and visitors.

Police are also warning of lengthier delays at the crossings, due to increased numbers of visitors and teething problems.

Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says all the changes are to protect Queenslanders from community transmission.

“These strict measures are about safeguarding Queensland in the midst of a global pandemic.

“They are necessary and important to maintain the good work that has already been done in controlling and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

“We acknowledge there will be a higher volume of traffic and varying delays when travelling across our border.

“We are asking members of the public to work with us and have their declaration pass, any necessary proof or documentation ready and above all, to be patient when crossing the border.

“Importantly, border passes need to be renewed every seven days to ensure declarations are accurate and up-to-date,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.

Police warn that failure to comply will result in on the spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations.

Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine.

Related article: Man fined $4K for lying on Qld border declaration pass

The Queensland Entry Declaration can be accessed here.

Police controlled vehicle checkpoints:

Griffith Street and Stuart Street
Gold Coast Highway and Coolangatta Road
M1 northbound at Stewarts Road
Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge will have a QPS controlled border pass system between 7am to 7pm each day and 24-hour access to emergency vehicles
Miles Street will be restricted access to local border residents only

Hard closures:

Boundary Street and Clarke Street
Dixon Street and Bay Street
Dixon Street and Florence Street
Leeward Terrace and Tooloon Street
Kent Street near Murraba Crescent
Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley

 

Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier confident border reopening won’t lead to fresh outbreak

The Premier has played down fears the reopening of Queensland’s borders on Friday will put the state at risk of a fresh COVID-19 outbreak.

It comes as Queensland once again recorded no new coronavirus cases.

The State’s total stands at 1068 with just two active cases, including one on the Gold Coast.

An 81-year-old man remains in the Gold Coast University Hospital, while an ADF officer tested positive while in quarantine after returning from overseas.

“Once again, congratulations Queensland, you should be incredibly proud of the great work you’re doing,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“But of course, we’ve got to keep up that socially distancing and we’ve got to make sure we’re keeping up with the hand hygiene as well.”

More than 395,000 tests have now been carried out across Queensland since the beginning of the pandemic.

Queensland will begin welcoming back interstate travellers from Friday, with the exception of Victorians.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is confident Queensland can prevent more cases of coronavirus coming into the state.

“We have put in place very strong measures and these are the strong measures we’ve taken to protect Queenslanders’ health,” the Premier said.

“So there will be delays at our borders because we are going to get this right. We have to take these precautions, they are necessary precautions to keep Queenslanders safe.”

Ms Palaszczuk also issued a fresh warning to Victorians not to try and come to Queensland.

But the Premier has dismissed concerns about Victorians who managed to get into Queensland before mandatory hotel quarantine came into effect last Friday.

“There would be very few but once again, if there had been people come back before that cutoff it is very important that if you are sick you must contact authorities immediately.”

Despite being confident Queensland can avoid a Victorian-style outbreak when borders reopen, the Premier says we need to remain vigilant.

“It could happen anywhere and we’ve seen it happening right across the world.

“This is not unique and I think it shows that Australia is not immune to this so we need to be on our guard at all times and we need to make sure that as an individual we are taking actions to prevent the spread.”

New COVID-19 case in QLD as Premier calls for cuts to flights

The Premier has joined calls for a limit on international flights into Australia to help reduce the number of coronavirus cases.

It comes as Queensland records its first new case in 11 days.

An Australian Defence Force officer who had recently returned from overseas has tested positive in quarantine.

The total number of cases in Queensland is now at 1068 with just two of those active.

Pressure is now growing on the Federal Government to cap the number of international arrivals to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Returned travellers continue to account for the majority of new cases.

Victoria has put a temporary stop on international flights as it deals with its latest outbreak.

International flights into Sydney will be capped at a maximum of 50 passengers from Saturday following a request from the New South Wales government.

The West Australian Premier has asked for a similar cap with Annastacia Palaszczuk backing his calls.

“Look I join with Mark McGowan the West Australian Premier in saying that I think we need to minimise the amount of international flights coming into Australia,” the Premier said.

“The international borders are the domain of the federal government, that is their decision about how many flights they allow in, but I think we need to be very cautious and I think a slowing down of those flights would be a good thing at this stage.”

Ms Palaszczuk says Queensland will continue to do its bit where needed.

“Of course we’re prepared to help out, we’ve taken a large number of international flights, they’ve gone directly into quarantine and we’ve had Police at those quarantine hotels and we’ve had no problems from quarantine hotels.

“But, like I said, we have to be very measured when it comes to dealing with our international borders as well.

“We need to be very cautious and I think a slowing down of those flights would be a very good thing at this stage.”