Queensland border closed to NSW, residents of ACT allowed


Queensland has announced it will close its borders to people from NSW from Friday, while residents of ACT will still have access to the state. Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said travel between Queensland and NSW will be banned from 1am on Friday 23rd July. The Queensland border will remain open to residents of ACT, Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed. dr. Young praised the ACT for managing the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW. However, she said that Queensland residents should reconsider traveling to the ACT whenever possible. “The ACT, as we all know, has done a great job keeping Covid out of their area and it’s been a long time since they’ve had a case,” said Dr. young. Queensland recorded zero cases of coronavirus overnight, while there are 31 active cases of COVID-19 in the state. A further 124 cases had been registered in NSW last night through Thursday, with as many as 87 of the new cases potentially contagious in the community. From 1 a.m. Friday, NSW residents living in the border area will be able to travel to Queensland for limited reasons, including healthcare, employment, education, essential shopping and care for vulnerable people. Queensland residents can travel to the NSW border region for similar, limited essential reasons, but no further than the border region, health officials have advised. Queensland residents can return from locations outside the border zone in NSW but must be in hotel quarantine for 14 days. Mr Miles said residents of 11 local government areas around south east Queensland must continue to wear masks for an additional seven days, except when sitting, eating and drinking or during strenuous exercise. “The Chief Health Officer has also recommended that we introduce additional restrictions for stadium events, for large stadium events where people travel great distances and we have a lot of crowds,” said Miles. “That’s in part a recognition of the sheer number of sporting events currently happening in Queensland, with those additional NRL and AFL games in the state.” Stadiums with 20,000 or more seats must limit numbers to 75 percent of capacity. Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski urged all Queensland residents in NSW to come home before 1am Friday to avoid being placed in 14-day hotel quarantine. READ MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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