Queensland’s border has officially been slammed shut to part’s of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with the Waverley Local Government area now a declared COVID-19 hotspot.
The declaration kicked in at 1.00am this morning, banning anyone who has been in the suburbs of Bronte, Tamarama, Bondi, Dover Heights, Rose Bay, Queens Park, Bondi Junction, Vaucluse and Charing Cross in the past 14 days from entering the sunshine state.
There is an exception for a “limited range of people” who can enter the state for an essential purpose.
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While Queensland residents can also return home, but they will be required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland was taking a “cautious approach” as the outbreak in Sydney continues to grow.
“It is concerning that one of the new confirmed cases is believed to have been infected through ‘fleeting’ contact,” Dr Young said.
Anyone who has already arrived into Queensland from NSW in the past 14 days is being urged to check and monitor the interstate exposure venues site daily.
“Under the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction, people who have been to these venues and are already in Queensland must immediately travel by private transport directly to their home or accommodation and quarantine,” Dr Young said.
“They also need to complete the Queensland Health online contact tracing self-assessment form, get tested as soon as possible, and await advice from Queensland Health.”
From today, everyone travelling to Queensland from New Zealand or any state or Territory within Australia is required to make an online travel declaration at least 72 hours before arriving.