Qld declares Syd northern beaches a hotspot, imposes travel restrictions

Queensland has declared Sydney’s northern beaches a COVID-19 hotspot after an alarming spike in cases in just 24 hours.

A cluster in the area grew to 17 on Thursday and is expected to rise even further.

Queensland Health is now advising anyone who has been in Sydney’s northern beaches region since Friday 11 December to get tested and self-quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they were last there.


Anyone arriving in Queensland from midnight last night who has been in the area is being told they must get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone who has been in Sydney’s northern beaches since December 11 and arrives in Queensland after midnight tonight will be forced into hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

That includes both interstate visitors and Queensland residents returning home.

Queensland Health says it is monitoring the situation and will provide an update on Friday morning.

It is not clear at this stage whether officials are considering reinstating border checkpoints.

Earlier on Thursday, restrictions were imposed on people who had been in Sydney’s northern beaches from visiting Queensland aged care facilities, hospitals and correctional centres.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young had also urged anyone who was travelling to greater Sydney to reconsider their plans.

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When was palm beach classed as NSW, Queensland should take responsibility for there own stuff ups and stop blaming other states for there own screw up’s

You do realise there’s 2 different palm beaches right? One on the Gold Coast and one in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Maybe you should do some research before making comments like that.

Ballina Byron Airport is the easiest way to fly up and drive over the QLD border.

Oh Al, I do believe that attempting to evade the border restrictions is an offence. I bet you are just another local privileged middle aged white man who thinks this virus is nothing to be concerned about. You are DEADLY wrong. Unfortunately for my immunocompromised baby and my elderly grandparents there is only one way uninformed people such as yourself, who value your so called freedom over those more vulnerable in the community are going to learn and that is to contract the virus yourself. But then it spreads, because people like you can’t stop for one moment and consider others. Disgusting. I moved far away from Tweed and the Gold Coast to get away from self entitled idiots like you. Because idiots like you make something as simple as buying bread and milk deadly.