Queensland is pausing hotel quarantine for interstate arrivals for two weeks.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the system was at absolute capacity due to the number of people relocating here from southern, COVID-affected states.
From 12pm, no one will be permitted to enter Queensland and enter hotel quarantine unless they have an exemption.
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Ms Palaszczuk said 5,114 people are currently in hotel quarantine across the state.
“That’s a lot of people,” the Premier said.
“3,257 are domestic arrivals, 1857 are from overseas. These are all in 22 hotels.
“Between August 9 and 20, 2.750 got granted border passes to relocate to Queensland. That includes 1,993 in just one week.
“This has got to stop. It’s too much pressure.
“It’s putting our workers at risk and also putting our community at risk.”
New arrivals and Queensland residents will have to reapply for a border pass if they want to enter the state after the two-week pause.
“Then you will have to book into a hotel,” the Premier said.
“We will have the hotels available and you will have to have a booking into a hotel before you come and relocate to Queensland.
“We want to make this as smooth as possible but I think you can appreciate, at the moment, not only are our hotels stretched, our staff are stretched.”
Those trying to get into Queensland on compassionate grounds or for medical reasons will still be able to get into the state.
“That will be treated as separate from this policy setting,” the Premier said.
“Of course we will find hotels for them.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it was a necessary move.
“We are seeing a lot of people wanting to relocate to Queensland,” she said.
“We understand that, it’s a beautiful state, why wouldn’t you want to live here?
“About 85 per cent who have come under Right of Entry Passes .. are simply relocating to Queensland,” she said.
The requirements for the NSW border zone residents remain as is, and people will be able to access essential goods and services in Queensland.
For more information go to the Queensland Health website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
The Premier also confirmed there were no new cases of COVID-19 in the state in the last 24 hours.
Two truck drivers who had recorded positive results on Tuesday have since been reclassified as negative cases.