Queensland’s hard borders will be rebuilt tonight, with too many people caught doing the wrong thing by the soft border checkpoints.
From 6.00am tomorrow, concrete barriers will block off the M1, the Gold Coast Highway and streets through Coolangatta to ensure all traffic has to go through police checkpoints.
It comes after the state government declared the Greater Sydney area a hotspot over the weekend, due to the growing coronavirus outbreak in the Northern Beaches area.
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Over the weekend, the border declaration system was brought back in, with police conducting random intercepts before then reintroducing soft border checkpoints from today.
But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s already clear that too many people aren’t doing the right thing, so the hard borders are coming back.
It means that anyone coming into the state from New South Wales, even if they’re a Queensland resident, will need to fill out a border declaration pass that will have to be checked on entry at the airports or the roads.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says there’s already been too many people turned around at the borders since the checkpoints returned early this morning.
Queensland’s health authorities have also stamped out the possibility of reopening to Sydney before the new year, with January 8 marked as the soonest review date by the Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.
Anyone hoping to come into Queensland from New South Wales has to fill out a border pass, declaring they haven’t been to the Greater Sydney area.
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