Hundreds of people still being turned away from Queensland borders

Queensland Police say they’re still turning around hundreds of people from the borders, since we closed to New South Wales and the ACT.

It’s now been two weeks since the harsh restrictions came into place, with police reporting they’re still turning around hundreds every day.

It comes as Queensland once again records no new cases of coronavirus, leaving our state total at 1,091.


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State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski says this long weekend was particularly busy at all the checkpoints.

“132 flights came into the state, 7,230 passengers were processed, 19 were refused entry, and 740 placed into quarantine.

“At our road borders we saw 8,861 vehicles intercepted, 594 people turned around, so we’re still seeing large amounts of people trying to get into the state, that cannot lawfully do so at the moment.

“So the message to everyone if you live interstate, if you’re coming out of Victoria, New South Wales or the ACT, it is a hotspot, and unless you have an exemption you will not be able to enter the state.

“And on those road borders we quarantined 27 persons,” the State Disaster Coordinator said.

3227 people are now in hotel quarantine around Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has once again reiterated that the restrictions at our borders won’t be lifting until the risk subsides.

“Let me make it very clear, we will always put Queenslanders first, we will put the safety of Queenslanders first.

“And we do not have any intentions of opening any borders, while there is community transmission active in Victoria and in New South Wales,” the Premier said.