State borders begin closing to Greater Brisbane, Queensland

UPDATE @ 3.15PM | Greater Brisbane residents will be blocked from entering Victoria from 6pm tonight as states react to Queensland’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Victorian residents currently in the Greater Brisbane area will be required to gain a permit to return home and then quarantine for 14 days.

Western Australia has upped its border restrictions, now imposing a hard border closure for all of Queensland.


South Australia has imposed a hard border closure for residents of Greater Brisbane, while Tasmania has banned anyone who has been in the regions in the last 14 days.

New South Wales’ border will remain open, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged people to think twice about travelling to Queensland.

“We understand there have been some cases or potential cases outside of Brisbane and throughout broader Queensland,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“So our message to everybody in New South Wales who was considering going to Greater Brisbane over Easter is please change your plans.

“If you’re going to broader Queensland, again, consider changing your plans given there have been cases elsewhere in Queensland.”

Anyone arriving in New South Wales from Greater Brisbane will be required to fill in a declaration form.

Northern Territory will also remain open to Queensland but anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane, Gladstone or Byron Bay is asked to isolate and get tested within 72 hours.

EARLIER @ 12.50PM by Monique St Clair | South Australia and Tasmania have become the latest states to reintroduce border restrictions to parts of Queensland, as the Sunshine State battles a growing coronavirus outbreak.

There were four new infections diagnosed in Brisbane overnight, two of which are under investigation. It brings the Brisbane cluster to seven infections in total.

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From 4.00 pm today, South Australians will only be letting in return residents or essential workers, but they will have to undergo two weeks of hotel quarantine and undergo regular testing.

This morning I received a message from the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, suggesting that South Australia move into a hot spot arrangement with Greater Brisbane,” South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced.

“That is precisely what we will do and I now announce the changes that we will take here in South Australia effective from 4:00 this afternoon.

“First of all can I say that any person who has come into South Australia from the Greater Brisbane area, and that includes Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan, they need to basically – if anybody has come in from 20 March, they need to go and get themselves tested and remain isolated until that test result comes back.

“So this is very important. Anybody that has come in from the Greater Brisbane area, Morton bay, Ipswich, Redlands or Logan from 20 March must go and get themselves tested immediately and they must remain isolated until that negative result comes back,” Premier Marshall said.

Tasmania has also introduced similar measures, for the five local government areas of Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Moreton Bay and Brisbane.

“If you have been in any of the Queensland Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich or Redlands in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania you will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

“If you have identified that you have been in Queensland in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania, your Tas e-Travel registration will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply to identify if you have been in any of the high-risk areas. Tasmanian residents can apply for Essential Traveller status.

“If approved you will be required to quarantine at a suitable premises on arrival for 14 days,” their latest advice reads.

It comes after West Australia reintroduced their border to the whole of Queensland over the weekend.

We’re still yet to hear from Victoria, New South Wales/Canberra and the Northern Territory.

Related article: 3-day lockdown for Brisbane over ‘significant community transmission’

More to come.