Qld Premier urges region to “be ready” for possibility of northern NSW lockdown

The Queensland Premier has urged residents to prepare for the possibility of the border bubble bursting as NSW officials consider a snap lockdown for northern NSW.

NSW Health officials are considering restrictions for the region after a Sydney traveler, who did have an exemption, visited Ballina, Byron Bay and the Tweed areas between Saturday and Monday while infectious.

“There are some concerns about a case at the moment in Byron Bay,” Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.


“We are going to wait to see what NSW does at 11.00 am and we’ll listen to the advice from New South Wales.

“We just need to be ready if New South Wales does anything in relation to that Byron Bay area.

“So please listen to updates from Queensland Health following the New South Wales press conference.

Ms Palaszczuk said she wouldn’t risk letting the virus spread into the Gold Coast.

“The concern is, of course, if there are cases in northern NSW that would present a real risk to the southern parts of the Gold Coast where I have thousands of families holidaying at the moment,” she said.

“So we are watching it very closely.

“It’s a wait and see at the moment.”

The Premier also confirmed there were no new local cases in Queensland in the last 24 hours.

One case was detected in hotel quarantine and acquired overseas.