Long delays are being experienced at the border this afternoon as police ramp up patrols on vehicles with both Victorian and NSW number plates.
It comes following a change to border restrictions announced by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer today, declaring two areas in NSW as COVID-19 hotspots following an outbreak of the virus at Sydney’s Crossroads Hotel in Casula.
The move means that as of midday today, anyone who has been in the local government areas of Liverpool or Campbelltown in the past 14 days will not be able to enter the sunshine state.
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All Victorians also remain banned from entering Queensland due to a massive surge in cases in the southern state.
“Queensland’s border restrictions mean people who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at the state’s border,” Qld police said.
Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot can return home, but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their own expense.
Anyone planning on crossing the border into Queensland is now being warned that significant delays are expected at the border checkpoints, with officers intercepting every vehicle with a NSW and Victorian number plate.
“Those travelling into Queensland are being urged to exercise patience and factor likely delays into their travel schedule,” Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.
“Everyone with a NSW number plate, irrespective of what border pass they display, will be intercepted and the driver and the occupants spoken to to make sure they haven’t come from one of the two local government hot spots in NSW, or alternatively, they haven’t come from Victoria.”
As of 3.30pm on Tuesday, traffic on the M1 was banked up around 9km with delays of 1.5 hours being experienced.
Everyone entering the state must complete a Border Declaration Pass online declaring they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.
If caught lying, they could cop an on-the-spot fine of $4003.
To download a new Queensland Border Declaration Pass, click here.