Queensland border to close

Posted on : Thursday, 6 August 2020

With parts of New South Wales now being named as coronavirus hotspots, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has now announced that the border will close at 1am on Saturday, 8 August, 2020.  

 

All of Victoria and Greater Sydney are currently declared COVID-19 hotspots, and from Saturday all local government areas in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will also be declared hotspots.  

 

 

The restrictions 

 

Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days will be prevented from entering Queensland. 

 

The only exceptions (and subject to strict conditions), are:  

 

  • a Queensland resident returning home, who will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine; 

 

 

  • a person listed in other limited categories as listed in the Chief Health Officer's Border restrictions Direction (No. 10).

 

Other exemptions - including for compassionate reasons -  will be limited.  

 

Any person travelling from Australian States or Territories that are not  declared COVID-19 hotspots, may still enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.

 

Each individual entering Queensland (including Queensland residents) must complete a  Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entering, including freight transport drivers who were previously exempt.  Border passes are valid for 7 days only.  

 

 

Penalties

 

Penalties for breaching the Government's order may be subject to an on the spot fine of $1,334 or a or a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345.

 

Providing false, misleading or incorrect information on a Queensland Border Declaration it is an offence punishable by a fine of $4,004 or a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345.  

 

A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at their own cost.

 

 

 

The Government has strongly recommended that Queenslanders not travel to any known COVID-19 hotspot, and suggested that it was safer staying in the state.  

 

The Premier said the border closure would be reviewed at the end of the month.  

 

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