Queensland’s borders have slammed shut to Victoria as the struggling state enters a week-long lockdown to try and stamp out a coronavirus outbreak.
From 1.00 am this morning, Victorians are being refused entry into the Sunshine State, while returning Queenslanders will be forced into hotel quarantine at their own expense.
The Queensland Premier made the announcement yesterday afternoon, in response to Victoria’s lockdown.
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Annastacia Palaszczuk insists the measure is necessary.
“We’ve been through this before and I know that people understand we have to take these measures on the advice of Dr Young because we want to continue to keep Queenslanders safe,” Ms Palasazczuk said.
“On behalf of Queensland can we wish Victoria all the very best and I know the next seven days we’re going to be with every step of the way.”
Any Victorians or returning Queenslanders who arrived into the Sunshine State before 1.00 am is being urged to follow the same lockdown restrictions issued in Victoria.
That means they should be isolating, and only leaving their accommodation for one of five permitted reasons, including shopping, caregiving, exercise, vaccination or essential work.
Queensland police are meeting all direct and connecting flights from Victoria at our airports, to ensure no one tries to break the rules.
While road border checkpoints will not be returning just yet, but police will be ramping up their random checks of vehicles coming in.
“There will be random checks across all of our road borders also in the coming days,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said yesterday.
“Anyone returning to Cairns or Brisbane, there is quarantine hotels in those areas however, if you are to return anywhere in between you will actually be transported to those areas to do your quarantine period.”
For more information about Queensland’s new border restrictions, click here.
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