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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.