Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that Queensland’s borders with NSW and the ACT will close this weekend.
At 1am on Saturday, August 8, Queensland’s border to the two states will slam shut as both NSW and the ACT have been labelled hotspots by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.
Premier Palaszczuk said: “We have seen that Victoria is not getting better, and we’re not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We need to act and we have taken the decisive decision to act.
I will not risk the safety of Queenslanders and I will not risk our economy.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
NSW and the ACT join Victoria on the list of state’s banned from entering the Sunshine State, as Premier Palaszczuk acts quickly to protect Queenslanders health and avoid a similar scenario to Melbourne’s current state of disaster.
“I said I will not hesitate and today is the day,” she said.
“I know it’s going to be tough on Queenslanders, but your health comes first.
“We need to protect not only our health, but we need to protect our families, we need to protect our economy.
We’ve seen what has happened in Victoria, and we don’t want to see that happening here.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queenslanders have also been advised against travel to the southern states, with returning Queenslanders required to undergo a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
“It’s very important that Queenslanders stay in Queensland, now is not the time to travel to NSW, now is not the time to travel to Victoria,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
Only residents of border communities and essential workers will be able to cross the border as of Saturday, with the border closure set to be reviewed at the end of the month.
Click here to head to the Queensland Governent’s official website for more details.