After a few tense weeks of rising COVID cases in Sydney and wider NSW, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this morning that Queensland's border would once again be closing to all of NSW and ACT, in an effort to limit the potential spread of the virus.
As of 1am on Saturday 8 August, anyone travelling from NSW or the ACT will be banned from entering the state, and Queenslanders returning home after travelling to either region will have to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
With the state line smack bang in the middle of several Gold Coast communities, exceptions will be made for those who need to cross the border for work or school, but otherwise, truck and essential workers will be the only people allowed in to Queensland. Details on how the border crossing will work for residents are yet to be announced, but it has been suggested that proof of address and photo ID will be required at a minimum, with fines of up to $1334 or a or a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 for anyone breaching the rules.
The border closure will be reviewed at the end of August, but in the meantime, it's definitely time to cancel any road trips south, and plan to explore Queensland instead—with the loss of visitors, there's no doubt our tourism industry will need our support more than ever.
Whether the borders open again sooner or later, there’s one fact that we can all agree on—with sunshine-filled winter days and some of Australia’s most beautiful destinations within our borders, there’s no better state to be stuck in.
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