More Australians will soon be banned from stepping foot in Queensland, with the State Government today confirming our border will close to all of South Australia.
It comes as the state is forced into a seven-day lockdown from 6.00pm tonight, in a bid to get the upper hand on an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said South Australia will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1.00am Thursday.
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“Following an increase in COVID-19 cases in South Australia and local restrictions announced, Queensland is declaring all of South Australia a hotspot from 1am Thursday, 22 July,” Dr Young said.
“From 1am Thursday, anyone who has been to South Australia will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a returning Queensland resident, except for a limited range of people who can enter for an essential purpose.”
Queensland residents will be allowed to return home, but will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.
“The situation in South Australia is concerning, and as they’ve announced a state-wide lockdown, we have declared the state a hotspot,” Dr Young said.
“And as an additional precaution, I’m requiring those entering Queensland from South Australia before 1am Thursday to immediately get tested and quarantine at home if they have been to any exposure venue in South Australia.”
From Thursday Queensland will be off-limits to at least three states, including South Australia, Victoria and Greater Sydney in NSW.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, and act accordingly, in line with the risk level and their own local restrictions,” Dr Young said.