More Sydney residents will be banned from entering Queensland after another local government area was declared a COVID-19 hotspot.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
“The city of Fairfield NSW has been added to Queensland’s list of COVID hotspots,” the Premier said.
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The ban will kick in at 1.00am on Monday, affecting more than 215,000 residents who currently live in 27 suburbs in Sydney’s Fairfield region.
Ms Palaszczuk said the declaration was made on the advice of Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young following a worrying outbreak of coronavirus in the city.
“46 cases have been identified in Fairfield connected to an outbreak at the Thai Rock restaurant,” the Premier said.
The declaration adds Fairfield to declarations already in effect for travellers from Campbelltown, Liverpool and the whole state of Victoria.
“People entering from this hotspot will no longer be able to quarantine in Queensland and will be turned away at the Queensland border,” Dr Young said.
“The only exception to this is people who are needed in Queensland for essential purposes and Queensland residents, who can enter the state but will be required to quarantine in government provided accommodation at their expense.”
Dr Young said health authorities are monitoring the situation in NSW closely every day and will “declare more hotspots if community transmission continues to increase”.
“The number of positive cases in NSW is growing,” she said.
“I urge travellers to consider the risks of travelling to NSW at this time as outbreaks can rapidly spread and get out of control, as we’ve seen in NSW, Victoria and other countries.”
She’s now urging any Queenslanders currently in Fairfield to consider making their way home before midday Monday.
“We’re giving people as much time as possible to come home to the safety of Queensland but that notice may not always be possible,” Dr Young said.
“If an area where you are staying or visiting is suddenly declared a hotspot while you are there, once you return to Queensland, you will have to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel at your own expense.”
NSW recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19 today, with nine of those linked to Wetherill Park’s Thai Rock restaurant.
No new cases were again recorded in the sunshine state.
BREAKING: Queensland borders will close to another New South Wales hotspot. In response to further outbreaks – and on the advice of our Chief Health Officer – the city of Fairfield NSW has been added to Queensland’s list of COVID hotspots. #covid19aus pic.twitter.com/ZAiyUoiIme
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 23, 2020