Queensland will reintroduce strong border measures, to ensure no one from the newly declared hotspot in NSW is able to sneak in undetected.
From 1.00am tomorrow (Saturday December 19), border declaration passes will return for anyone flying into the Sunshine State from Sydney.
Police will be meeting every arriving flight at all airports to ensure that all passengers comply. It’s understood 52 flights are arriving today alone.
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Anyone who’s recently travelled from Sydney’s Northern Beaches and arrives today will be issued a quarantine order to get tested and isolate for two weeks.
While anyone flying in from tomorrow will be forced into two weeks hotel quarantine at their own expense.
The state government announced the changes this morning, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saying the risks are just too great.
“We have come too far and sacrificed too much to risk going backwards,” the Premier said.
“We can’t afford to undo all that good work.”
Road checkpoints are not being brought in at this stage, but police will continue to conduct random checks of traffic coming through.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says police will be ensuring compliance.
“As of 0100 hours, we return to our border declaration pass system. If you’re coming out of the hot spot, you need a border declaration pass to enter Queensland and you’ll be required to go into mandatory self-paid hotel quarantine for 14 days from the time you enter Queensland.
“With respect to our road borders, we’re – they remain open, we’ll be doing a random checking of the vehicles that come through those areas based on whether we think we need to interpret them, for instance, New South Wales plates, hire cars and the like, there will be messaging for people coming into the state, advising them what they need to do when they get here.
“Through our compliance checking, following up and making sure they’re doing the quarantining and if necessary take the appropriate action to enforce that,”
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