More parts of New South Wales will be banned from entering Queensland after they went into a snap lockdown.
The regional areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne in the state’s central west region are in stage one of restrictions for seven days, after an infected truck driver was able to transmit the virus to a resident.
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It’s forced Queensland to reconsider its border restrictions, now declaring a hotspot for those same areas.
It means no one from there will be allowed to enter the Sunshine State from 1.00 am on Thursday, July 22.
Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeanette Young says it’s a cautious move that means we don’t have to keep out the whole state.
“The risk in New South Wales is continuing to escalate with more locally acquired cases detected throughout the state,” Doctor Young said.
“New South Wales has imposed a lockdown and similarly to what we have done in the past, we’ll be restricting access to Queensland for people who have been in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council areas.
“It is imperative that if you have been to these LGAs, you follow the lockdown rules and don’t travel to Queensland.
“We are continuing to assess the situation in New South Wales.
“Please reconsider any travel to NSW – you should only be doing if absolutely essential. If you’re there already, think about coming home,” Doctor Young said.
Queensland still remains open to other parts of regional NSW.