Call for locals to return north of the border
Locals who may be in Sydney are being urged by Noosa independent MP Sandy Bolton to head back to Queensland before the latest border lockout takes effect at 1am this Saturday.
“As the COVID-19 situation develops to the south, urgent changes to our borders will continue to be made as necessary,” Ms Bolton has posted to her Facebook page.
Ms Bolton said this will be the last chance for Queenslanders to relocate from the Sydney area without having to pay for mandatory hotel quarantine when returning.
“If you know any locals down south, encourage them to return home swiftly and if you have been considering a trip south, reconsider,” Ms Bolton said.
Her call came after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland will close its borders to all of greater Sydney at 1am this Saturday amid news that three new cases of coronavirus had been detected in Queensland.
“Thirty-one additional New South Wales local government areas are about to become declared hot spots,” she said.
“The Premier has announced several times recently that our borders can change without any notice being given if the situation demands, already they are closed to the whole of Victoria,” Ms Bolton said.
“If you witness any concerning behaviour or people not abiding by directives in relation to COVID restrictions, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or via www.police.qld.gov.au/units/policelink-131-444,” she said.
Ms Bolton warned the New South Wales restrictions could tighten further “as necessary”.
Information on declared COVID-19 hot spots is available at www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19.
“Watch for alerts, do not become complacent with your physical distancing and hygiene measures and reconsider any plans to travel to southern states until safer to do so,” her post said.