Queensland to slam border shut to Victorians

Queensland will declare all of Victoria a COVID hot spot with residents to be turned away from the border from tomorrow.

Anyone who has been in Victoria and is already in Queensland will need to observe the same-day lockdown rules as introduced in Victoria.

Queensland residents returning from Victoria from 1am tomorrow will be forced to do 14 days in hotel quarantine.


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They are also being warned they will be sent to hotels in Brisbane or Cairns as none are available on the Gold Coast.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the measure is necessary.

“We’ve been through this before and I know that people understand we have to take these measures on the advice of Dr Young because we want to continue to keep Queenslanders safe,” Ms Palasazczuk said.

“On behalf of Queensland can we wish Victoria all the very best and I know the next seven days we’re going to be with every step of the way.”

Border checkpoints will not be making a return to the Gold Coast.

However, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says officers will be increasing checks of entering the state.

“All flights from Victoria will be met by police at the airport and all connecting flights will also be met by Police,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“There will be random checks across all of our road borders also in the coming days.

“Anyone returning to Cairns or Brisbane, there is quarantine hotels in those areas however, if you are to return anywhere in between you will actually be transported to those areas to do your quarantine period.”

 

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No issue driving straight into QLD!