Crews have been working throughout the night installing concrete barriers at all major border crossings on the Gold Coast after Queensland slammed the border shut to Greater Sydney.
From today, anyone who has been in the hotspot, including Queensland residents, will be forced to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine at their own expense.
The only way they will be able to enter the Sunshine State is by plane, with residents now no longer able to enter via the road.
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As a result of the hard border closure, several checkpoints have been set up across the city in a bid to deter people from hotspots from entering the sunshine state.
They are located on the Pacific Motorway, Gold Coast Highway and Griffith Street at Coolangatta, with all motorists requiring a border declaration pass to enter.
Barriers have also been put up on Dixon Street and Miles Street in Coolangatta, with extra police being brought in to help man the borders.
State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said tightening controls was the only way to keep Queenslanders safe.
“We know it has been difficult for many people, particularly those who were looking forward to spending time with their family and friends over the festive season,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
He urged motorists to pack their patience and allow for extra travel time, after delays of up to two hours were experienced by drivers on Monday.
“As with previous border changes, we expect significant delays for motorists at some border crossings and we thank everyone for their patience,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to understand and listen closely to the Queensland public health directions as the situation in New South Wales develops.
“Now is not the time to be complacent, and I’d like to thank all Queenslanders for playing their part to help keep our community safe” he said.
Anyone who provides false information on the declaration pass or enters Queensland unlawfully is being warned they will cop an on-the-spot fine of $4,003.
To download a border pass, click here.