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Tough new Queensland border restrictions come into effect tonight

By May 25, 2020 No Comments
Queensland is tightening its border restrictions, with anyone trying to cross into the state needing a border pass to pass police barriers from midnight tonight.
The new measures, announced by the state government ahead of the Easter long weekend, also require any Queensland resident returning from a coronavirus hotspot, such as Greater Sydney, to enter a 14-day quarantine.
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Police are now inspecting all cars that cross the border, even if they carry Queensland plates.(9News)
“If you are a Queensland resident and you are travelling into NSW and you are going to the area of Greater Sydney, and you are returning back to Queensland, you will have to go into quarantine,” she said.
“So it’s a pretty strong measure. But my message to Queenslanders is, now is not the time to go into NSW.”
“This is no time to be travelling past the border and there are real risks that you pose not only to yourself and your family, but to other Queenslanders if you choose to go into NSW hotspots.”
The tougher restrictions will mean all travellers will need a printed pass.(9News)
Authorities say even those Queenslanders with valid travel reasons to visit a virus hotspot outside the state will undergo quarantine. Police and health officials will also carry out compliance checks.
“If you are a Queenslander returning, you will require the border pass. If you are coming from a hotspot, a declared hotspot, you will be placed in 14-days quarantine. No exemptions, ” said state disaster coordinator Steve Gollschewski
“Those coming from a hotspot area will be identified through that pass and further action will be taken. People need to understand too that there will be random auditing of those areas coming from areas from non-hotspots to ensure compliance with that.
Earlier lines near the border today.(9News)
“When they go into quarantine, there is compliance to ensure that they are abiding by the conditions of that quarantine,” said Mr Gollschewski.
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