Queensland Health’s tough new directive, dubbed the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction, has kicked in for the first time today.
The directive forces anyone in the sunshine state who has been to an interstate COVID-19 exposure site to go into quarantine for 14 days, in a bid to reduce the risk of the virus in Queensland.
It comes in the wake of the unfolding COVID-19 situation in Western Australia, which has seen three new cases of community transmission emerge.
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A Perth quarantine hotel security guard is believed to have contracted the virus at work, before infecting two of his seven housemates.
The trio all recorded the positive result on Saturday, with WA Health releasing a list of exposure sites dating back to April 27.
As a result, Queensland’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett today said the new directive would apply to anyone in Queensland who has been to any of the Western Australia sites.
“If you are entering Queensland and have been to any of the WA exposure sites at the time specified, you will need to quarantine for 14 days in government-arranged accommodation,” Dr Bennett said.
“If you have been to any of these sites and are already in Queensland, you must call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to discuss your circumstances.
“You must immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine until you receive further instructions from Queensland Health.”
Dr Bennett said the direction has been put in place to “protect the health and safety of Queenslanders and travellers who come here.”
“Everyone is encouraged to monitor the Queensland Health interstate exposure venue lists for 14 days after they arrive to ensure no new venues have been added… This includes venues in New Zealand,” she said.
Queensland’s COVID-19 total remains at 1,564, with no new cases in the past 24 hours