Increased police presence at border after northern NSW declared hotspot

Queensland will be increasing their presence at the road border crossings, to ensure no one tries to sneak in from the locked down areas of northern New South Wales.

The four local government areas of Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley are now in a strict seven day lockdown, after an infected Sydney man spent five days in the community while infectious.

Most of those areas are part of the Queensland border zone, which is allowed into the Sunshine State without having to go into two weeks of hotel quarantine.


The Tweed Shire is currently not included in the lockdown.

It’s caused Queensland police to ramp up their border control efforts, to make sure that no one is sneaking into the state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the only people who should be crossing the border right now is essential workers.

Queenslanders shouldn’t travel down there at all whatsoever. They are in a 7-day lockdown so people from that area should not be travelling as well.

“Unless you are an essential worker, a pretty narrow definition. We don’t want to see mass movement happening.

“There will be an increase in presence on the border to ensure people are complying with the directions that have been given by the NSW Government and not crossing into Queensland and vice-versa.

“We don’t want to see Queenslanders going down there. It is for seven days so let’s all do the right thing,” Premier Palaszczuk said in Queensland’s update this morning.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says anyone who is currently in Queensland but has been in the area since July 31 should be following the same lockdown restrictions.

It is really important that anyone in Queensland who has been any of those for local government areas since or on 31 July when the man drove up from Sydney to Byron Bay while infectious, that you now are bound by those same requirements.

“That New South Wales has put in place. Anyone who has been in those four LGAs and have gotten anywhere else out of those four LGAs, whether in New South Wales or Queensland or anywhere else, now needs to stay at home except for those for reasons that we are all used to.

“It is really important because he was infectious in the community from 31 July,” Doctor Young said.

The current border passes are set to change as well, to reflect the locked down areas becoming hotspots.

Those details are yet to be confirmed but will be updated on the Queensland Health website later today.

Any motorists who are crossing the border for essential reasons are being encouraged to check the website regularly.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says they’re also increasing operational capabilities at the border checkpoints as well.

“What should happen with these new restrictions as people should really reflect on whether the need to cross the border.

“We want to see the numbers of vehicles dropped significantly across the border and only those that have essential purposes and proper exemptions coming across,” Deputy Police Commissioner Gollschewski.

In further good news for the whole of Queensland, there were just three new local cases of coronavirus diagnosed overnight.

All are linked to the Indooroopilly cluster and all were isolating throughout their infectious period.

More people are coming forward in the area of Cairns, but there has so far been no more cases diagnosed.