At least another 74,000 people will be banned from travelling to Queensland from tomorrow, with the State Government declaring the Waverley local government area in Sydney’s east a hotspot.
The declaration will kick in at 1.00am on Saturday, preventing anyone who has been in the Waverley LGA in the last 14 days from entering the sunshine state unless they have an exemption.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that includes Queensland residents wanting to return home.
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“Any Queenslander returning from that LGA will need to apply for a border pass and will also be required to go into hotel quarantine,” Ms D’Ath said.
The Waverley Council area includes the suburbs of Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Dover Heights, North Bondi, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse and Waverley.
The hotspot declaration comes after NSW recorded another new COVID-19 case in the community today, taking the eastern suburbs cluster to four.
A man in his 50s was diagnosed overnight after attending the same Bondi department store as an infected transport driver.
It’s sparked fears the highly contagious Delta virus strain could be spreading through “fleeting” contact.
Minister D’Ath said authorities are watching the unfolding situation in Sydney closely.
“This is really important, it’s a highly contagious variant there is community transmission in that area and we believe we need to act quickly to ensure that we don’t have any of that transmission coming up to Queensland,” Ms D’Ath said.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young is urging all Queenslanders to seriously consider the need to travel to Sydney.
“It is really important that anyone in Queensland reconsiders their need at this time to travel to anywhere in Sydney,” Dr Young said.
Greater Melbourne residents have been barred from travelling to Queensland for at least another week.