ACT and NSW residents will not be allowed to travel to Queensland from Saturday as the state's borders slam shut.
The announcement came alongside reports people from parts of Sydney declared COVID-19 hotspots by Queensland were entering via the ACT.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Wednesday the state borders would close to NSW and the ACT from 1am Saturday as both jurisdictions have been declared hotspots.
Queenslanders returning from the ACT or NSW will have to pay for 14-days mandatory hotel quarantine.
BREAKING: Queensland borders will close to New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory from 1am Saturday, August 8.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 4, 2020
All visitors will be denied entry except for rare exemptions & returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.#COVID19aupic.twitter.com/Yc7BxKJ3GW
"There have been a large number of active cases in Victoria, and we are continuing to see cases in NSW. This is a very concerning situation," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"We cannot risk a second wave. We have to act decisively and today we have acted quickly. We have put Queenslanders first."
Ms Palaszczuk said the ACT had to be included in the closure after a NSW resident travelled via Canberra to Queensland, "putting everything we have in Queensland at risk," she said.
A friend who flew from ACT to Bris on Mon told me there were about half a dozen people in the line who admitted they’d been in Sydney recently but tried to down play it as just transiting through etc. They were waved onto the plane. How about just be better at regulating that?!— Clare Armstrong (@ByClare) August 4, 2020
Visitors will be denied entry except for "rare" exemptions.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said some people were flying to the state via the ACT to avoid the imposed lockdown on people from COVID-19 hotspots.
Queensland reported one new case of coronavirus on Wednesday.
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