Queensland declares Tweed Shire an ‘Orange Zone’ as mass testing continues

The Tweed Shire Council area has now been declared an Orange Zone by Queensland Health after a positive case visited the area just south of the border.

It was confirmed over the weekend that two infected travellers stopped at the Chinderah truck stop between 8.30 pm on Tuesday, July 13 to 7.30 am on Wednesday, July 14.

It’s prompted mass amounts of testing throughout the area over the weekend, with no positive results coming back just yet.


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Queensland has declared the whole area an Orange Zone, meaning anyone crossing the border through there may have been to an exposure site.

The advice from health officials is below:

If you are travelling from an orange zone, it means you may have been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time in another Australian state or territory. If you have been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time you will have to quarantine on arrival into Queensland.

To enter Queensland if you have been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time you must:

  • follow the health advice released by your home state or territory before deciding to travel
  • complete a Queensland Travel Declaration
  • quarantine as per the directions on your declaration.
  • When you receive your orange Queensland Travel Declaration via email, you must read all instructions and be able to access it at all times (either in a printed version or on an electronic device). You must quarantine as per the directions on your declaration until you are contacted by Queensland Health.

Note: If you have not been to an interstate exposure venue at the relevant time, you should be eligible for a green declaration.

Despite Queensland Health labelling the Tweed region an Orange Zone, the border remains open to regional New South Wales as of Monday morning.

However, authorities stand ready to close it off if it’s deemed necessary.

Earlier article: Qld on edge after positive COVID cases visit servo just over border