Victorians will be completely blocked from entering Queensland and will be turned around at borders and airports.
The State Government has announced Victorians will no longer be given the option to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days as the coronavirus situation in Victoria worsens.
All others returning from Victoria, including Queensland residents, will still be forced into hotel quarantine.
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Everyone entering Queensland will also have to declare on their border entry pass that will get tested if they have any symptoms or develop any symptoms with 14 days of arriving in the state.
A fine of $4004 will apply if anyone fails to get tested, with regular text messages to be sent to visitors to remind them of their obligations.
Pop-up testing clinics will also be set up in popular tourist destinations including the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns.
Health Minister Steven Miles says there are concerns the virus in Victoria may have already spread to people in New South Wales before it shut its border.
“The period of time between the 7th when the New South Wales border closed and the 10th when people from New South Wales will begin to be able to return to Queensland means there’s a period of a week to ten days where there is an escalated risk, where there is a risk that people from New South Wales were in contact with people from Victoria before their border closed and they may enter Queensland during their incubation period before they can get tested for COVID-19,” Mr Miles said.
Mr Miles says while a number of people were happy to cop the cost of self-paid mandatory quarantine to get out of Victoria, that can no longer continue.
“We need to reserve hotel accommodation for people who need to be quarantined – Queenslanders and Australians returning from overseas, Queenslanders returning from Victoria, and so we’ll be much stricter there.
“That will mean some very hard decisions and that will mean we will need the community’s understanding.”
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says there will be some exemptions on compassionate grounds, but they will be much stricter from now on.
“For instance, if someone’s relative is dying, if their father or mother is dying, then they can come up to Queensland, they go into mandatory hotel quarantine and if the hospital or palliative care service is able to supervise the interaction and provide PPE then that person can visit their dying relative,” Dr Young said.
Essential workers, including those providing medical support in Victoria will be given exemptions, but will have to go into quarantine, while freight will also continue to be exempt.
Exemptions will not be given to people wanting to attend funerals in Queensland.
Police have turned around almost 1000 people at road borders across the State since last Friday and sent 15 people into hotel quarantine.
Almost 200 people arriving at airports have also been forced into hotel quarantine.
It comes as Queensland records another day with no new cases.
The State’s total remains at 1068 with just two active cases, including one on the Gold Coast.