The Australian Defence Force will be deployed to the Queensland road borders from this morning, to assist police in patrolling the checkpoints.
120 soldiers will help check every car at the checkpoints, to make sure they’re crossing for absolutely essential reasons.
While they will also be ramping up checks on pedestrians crossing over, following reports there are too many ‘border hoppers’ just walking over.
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“If we don’t intercept you at the point of you hopping across the border, we will be following up on that,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll warned yesterday.
“There are hefty fines involved in this.”
“Action will be taken on those who are constantly hopping across the border, and I ask that the community, as they are, to continuing report on that as well,” Commissioner Carroll said.
The beefed-up presence comes amid reports that border restrictions could remain in place for up to 10 weeks, even if the Tweed comes out of lockdown this weekend.
The ABC reports that Queensland Health is looking for a 70 per cent vaccination rate of our state before we reopen to NSW.
It leaves many border-straddling businesses in turmoil, with staff stranded on either side, facing the prospect of hotel quarantine if they wish to return to work.
However, that might not be an easy option either, with Queensland already struggling to find more space to put people in hotel quarantine.
Newscorp is reporting that there are more than 5,000 people currently in facilitated quarantine around the state, meaning the system is at capacity.
Authorities are now desperately looking for more space, which could include more hotels and allowing some domestic travellers to quarantine at homes.