It’s about to get even harder to cross the Queensland border with officials set to slash the list of essential workers again.
Premier Annastacia Palasczuk warned there are still too many people coming into the state, prompting authorities to get even tougher.
But officials are yet to reveal exactly which workers will no longer be considered essential and haven’t detailed when the new list will be finalised.
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Queensland has already excluded teachers, childcare workers and most tradies under harder border measures introduced this week.
“We’ve tasked the job this morning with the Director-General and Chief Health Officer to go through and look at those classifications because at the moment there are too many people crossing the border,” The Premier said
“That means we want to put even tighter restrictions on our border. It only takes one person crossing the border with Delta and we’re into a lockdown.
“Now I don’t want that and I know Queenslanders don’t want that.”
The Premier had flagged on Tuesday that funeral directors and mortuary workers may be added to the list after being blocked from crossing the border.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says she is becoming increasingly concerned at what is happening in New South Wales with the state recording 633 new cases overnight.
There’s been a positive case in Kempsey on the New South Wales mid-north coast while fragments of the virus have been detected further north in Yamba and Lennox Head.
Dr Young says they need to do more to stop Delta from leaking into Queensland.
“We’re now going through, just to make sure that every single person coming across that border is genuinely necessary to the functioning of Queensland,” Dr Young said.
“The New South Wales Premier has put in stay-at-home requirements for everyone living in New South Wales, that’s how concerned she is.”
From Friday, essential workers that are allowed into the state will also need to have had at least one dose of a vaccine.
People crossing the border are urged to download their vaccine certificate from the Medicare website onto their phones or to carry their vaccination appointment card.
Workers will have to apply for new border passes which will allow Police at border checkpoints to verify if someone has had a jab.