Qld slams border shut to all of NSW, mask-wearing to remain

The State Government has announced the Queensland border will close to all of NSW due to fears of COVID-19 cases creeping in from the southern state.

The whole of NSW will become a declared COVID-19 hotspot from 1.00am Friday, July 23, with the declaration to remain in place for at least four weeks.

However, border residents will be exempt, with a new border zone involving 17 Local Government Areas in NSW to be set up.


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The local government areas in the border zone include Ballina, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Byron, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir.

Inverell, Kyogle, Lismore, Moree Plains, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, Tweed, Unincorporated Far West and Walgett have also been included.

Residents who live in the border zone will still need to apply for a border pass and will only be allowed to come into Queensland for limited reasons – including healthcare, work, education, essential shopping and caring for vulnerable people.

While Queensland residents will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for similar reasons, but will not be allowed to travel any further than the border zone.

Queensland residents can still return from ‘non-border zone’ locations in NSW, but they will be forced into 14 days in hotel quarantine.

It means road border checkpoints will return from 1.00am tomorrow, with motorists being warned to expect long delays.

“When we first implement this it does get very congested, it does get very difficult and we’re asking all of the community to work with us through this,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

“Pack your patience, make sure you have the right passes, but realise once we implement this for a period until it settles we will see some congestion and delays, so please work through with us on that.”

The Premier said that by closing the border to all of NSW, it will now allow Queensland to ease further COVID-19 restrictions across the state.

“Density restrictions in South East Queensland will be eased to match current levels in the regions,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted.

As a result, home gatherings will increase from 30 people to 100 from 6am tomorrow, while weddings and funerals will be allowed to have 200 guests, up from 100.

There will no longer be a limit on outdoor gatherings, while restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs can return to the one-person-per-two-square-metre rule.

In a welcome move, visitors will finally be allowed to return to hospitals and aged and disability care facilities.

However, mask-wearing will remain in place for at least another seven days until 6am July 30 for people on the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Logan City, Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Somerset.

“Masks will now be required to be worn in all indoor seated, ticketed venues. This includes all stadiums, theatres and cinemas,” the Premier said.

Stadiums across the state with a capacity of 20,000 people or more will be also be required to reduce capacity to 75 per cent, and spectators will need to wear masks while seated unless eating or drinking.

Despite no new cases being recorded in Queensland, both locally and in hotel quarantine today, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the hard border closure is necessary for “a range of reasons”, including increasing numbers of infectious cases south of the border.

“Across the country we are seeing how much of a risk COVID-19 remains, especially the Delta variant,” Dr Young said.

“The current outbreak in NSW is particularly concerning.

“We understand these border restrictions are disruptive, but the health and safety of Queenslanders is a priority… spread of the Delta outbreak from New South Wales into Queensland would be far more disruptive,” Dr Young said.

More than 16,675 people came forward for testing across Queensland in the past 24 hours.

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But nobody in the group of 100’s if not more at Southbank last night were not required to wear masks.

Why? Please explain.

And don’t tell me being outside provides immunity when 100’s of people are crammed together.

stop listening to Politian’s and the channel 7/9sbs Abc etc..why?because the truth is being suppresed,they have an agender to promote something that is not commutable ..the numbers dont lie,do your own research..pCr is NOT a Diagnostic tool.

Ok to shut the border now…footy teams and their families have relocated to QLD.

Exactly!
Happy reunions now happening right across the coast.
But its ok as they have limited the amount of spectators at the footy games.

Happy reunions for who? Not the general public who have not seen family for over 12 months. People who have been unable to see dying relatives. People who are suffering from income and job loss.

But the all important football players and their families operate under their own set of rules.

Obviously a brainwashed NRL supporter.

Imagine being stopped to visit a dying family member whilst seeing overpaid footballers and their families skip across the border laughing all the way to the bank.

Mask wearing and covid check in apps not being policed anywhere on the Gold Coast.
Many flouting the rules with no repercussions at supermarkets shopping centres, pubs and clubs etc.
Whole thing is broken.

Well I don’t wear a muzzle or check in with that ridiculous app the only thing that is broken is the Australian government and every state government I was not put on this planet to be told what I can and what I can’t do by a bunch of overpaid so called leaders, if you choose to wear there muzzle and use their illegal app feel free knock yourself out, just leave the rest of us alone to get on with our life’s

Yep, was at a major shopping centre yesterday. About 60% of visitors wearing masks. Store staff not concerned in the slightest if you did the right thing and checked in etc. It’s bound to happen in a selfish and self-absorbed society.

The mask mandate is cramp. There haven’t been community cases for weeks. Why do we still need to wear them?
I agree about the shopping centres, in Coomera Westfield people just walked past the checking point. One family watched me do it and just walked by.

This is just what happens when people get fed up with useless requirements. She waited to last minute to change things, any other time we would be done. Useless leaders. Medical advice is a farce.

So can we dance in qld clubs etc

Why are we still wearing masks when we have no cases here? Ridiculous!

Conformities,do as we tell you to do ,,DO NOT ask why! or we Arrest and fine you..(welcome to china)

Control.
Ego.
Scaremongering.

The whole thing is a farce, no wonder people aren’t following the ‘rules’, why would anyone want to wear a mask when there’s been no transmission around here. Can’t blame people for critical thinking and common sense. Sooner or later we will have to live with the virus. Forever lockdown until enough jabbed in Sydney for sure. Why an existence. Humans have gone soft. The amount of people I’ve spoken to who say ‘we are lucky here, we haven’t got the virus’ and don’t believe it will ever come to our shores, delusional!!!!

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What the f***??? Honestly, this mask thing is out of control. I will NOT be wearing a mask/muzzle. This is getting beyond stupid. No cases but mask. f*** off. Illegal. Unlawful and downright fear mongering crap.

face coverings are for religion purpose,In australia this is democratic country,all religions are tolerated,No face Covering needed,also PCr is NOT a Diagnostic tool,no test needed therefor no virus detected.

Across the country we are seeing how much of a risk COVID-19 remains, especially the Delta variant,” Dr Young said. (THE D VARIANT???) IS THAT A SCIENTIFIC ANSWER OR CONCLUSION? OR ALARMISM.. DR YOUNG YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER JOB.STOP LIEING !!!

She is covering her a*** just in case there are outbreaks among the footy fraternities.