QLD to remain open to Sydney but some restrictions imposed

Queensland will not introduce a blanket travel ban on Sydney at this stage, but the state government is urging people to reconsider the need to travel there.

It comes after a second community case of COVID-19 was recorded in Sydney.

The wife of a man in his 50s has now also tested positive.


New South Wales health officials have confirmed that genome sequencing shows the man has the same virus as a returned traveller from the US.

But they are yet to work out exactly how or where he contracted it.

Read more: NSW records second case of community transmission

Anyone in Queensland who has been to any of the exposure sites in Sydney must get tested and isolate for 14 days.

People arriving in Queensland from 1am Friday who has been to any of the exposure sites will be forced into hotel quarantine.

“This is to protect you, to look after your safety, but of course also to look after the safety of everyone in Queensland at the current time,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.

“We believe this is sensible restrictions at this time and, of course, we will be watching and monitoring very closely what is happening in New South Wales.”

Anyone who has been in Sydney since April 27 who starts developing COVID symptoms is also being urged to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Ms D’ath is not ruling out imposing further restrictions if the situation in Sydney worsens.

“We believe the restrictions that we’re putting in place are sufficient, but we are willing to go further if we need to, as we have before.”

The Health Minister is also urging people planning on travelling to Sydney in the coming days to think twice.

“We would say to people in Queensland that if you were considering travelling to Greater Sydney over the next few days, that you should consider your plans because we don’t know what’s going to evolve over the next few days.”

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