Queensland has officially banned more than six million people in NSW from stepping foot in the sunshine state.
Greater Sydney and surrounding areas including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour have now been declared COVID-19 hotspots.
Anyone arriving from those locations is being turned around at the border, with police ramping up their patrols.
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While returning Queensland residents are being forced into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.
It comes just days before school holidays, with cancellations from thousands of people who were planning on travelling to the Gold Coast flooding in.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the industry just can’t catch a break.
Tourism bosses are now hopeful that Greater Melbourne residents, who will be allowed back into Queensland from 1AM on Friday, will take up the spots left free by Sydneysiders.
“for operators,” he said.