QLD CLOSED: How the border shutdown impacts you

People who live on the Gold Coast and Tweed and work on different sides of the border will still be able to continue to travel to work with the Government unveiling more details of its border closure.

Medical appointments, freight and other essential purposes will also be allowed.

But cross-border social visits are out.


Queensland will shut its borders from midnight on Wednesday in a desperate bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Anyone who does not meet the eligibility requirements will be forced to self-quarantine for 14 days whether they have symptoms or not.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they need to stop people travelling to and around Queensland unnecessarily, especially during the school holidays.

“Unless you are returning home to Queensland or you are coming to Queensland for an essential purpose like work or a medical appointment or freight issues, then the border is closed to you,” The Premier said on Tuesday.

“This is for your own public health.

“We don’t want people from New South Wales and Victoria coming up here to Queensland, and where as far as possible, they should be staying in their suburbs and as much as possible, staying at home.

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski says they are still working through the finer details, and more information would be provided to those who will be impacted.

But he warned people to expect to see Police checks at the borders and for people to be grilled about what they’re doing.

“All non-essential travel should be cancelled or postponed as a result immediately,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

“Don’t come to Queensland unless you have an essential purpose.”

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski admits it will be an inconvenience for many, but urged people to comply.

“Socialising is out. Going to the cafe in Queensland instead of the one in Tweed Heads, that’s not the sort of thing that people should be doing.”

Officials are still working on the practical measures of checking people at the border and are looking at a range of measures to ensure people can get through quickly.

This may involve stickers on people’s cars to allow Police to quickly identify those able to cross the border safely.

“If you’re a Queenslander coming back into Queensland, there’s not going to be any issues for you, you’ll be allowed to come back in, and obviously they may be driving a Queensland registered car with a Queensland address, that’s the sort of thing we’re talking about.”

It’s still not entirely clear how this will impact Gold Coast Airport which straddles the border.

“We’re working through that at the moment.

“Police and other officials will be at the airport questioning that will meet people as they come off the airlines and they’ll be obviously questioning about why are they returning Queensland, are they a resident where have they been.”