In the midst of the worsening COVID situation in New South Wales, Queensland will close its borders to citizens of Greater Sydney.
Yesterday, Annastacia Palaszczuk followed the example of her Victorian and South Australian counterparts by escalating border measures.
From 1 a.m. on Monday, Greater Sydney will be declared a COVID hotspot by the Government of Queensland.
This means that anyone from the Greater Sydney LGA-including the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast-is banned from entering Queensland and must apply for an exemption.
“I would say that very few exemptions will be given, as is usually the case, but of course we will look at those,” Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.
Queenslanders are advised to return home and have until 1 a.m. on Tuesday to do so.
However, before they enter, they will have to undergo checks and quarantine at home.
“I hope Queenslanders understand the strong messaging and the strong action and the strong decisions I have had to take today but we are doing it based on the health advice,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“It is not dissimilar to what other leaders are doing around the country.”
New South Wales recorded 30 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, 28 of which were related to the so-called Avalon cluster.
Although almost all cases have been recorded in the Northern Beaches, restrictions have been implemented in Greater Sydney to avoid “seeding events.”