Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Border Control Slows Virus Spread
Victor P Taffa
For the first time in more than a century, Queensland will restrict access at its border.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was essential to slow the spread of coronavirus on the advice of the Chief Health Officer Dr. Young.
“Extra-ordinary times call for extra-ordinary measures.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“They are not directed at our border communities who cross to shop or work, attend medical appointments and return to their homes.”
“They are to stop holidaymakers leaving southern states and risking the spread of this virus through Queensland.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
Measures take effect from midnight tomorrow night and include:
- Border road closures and police checks on vehicles on major highways
- Advice to aircraft passengers at departure point that travellers to Queensland will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
- Travellers arriving at Queensland airports to be met by Police and other officers
- Termination of rail services
- Emergency vehicles
- Emergency workers
- Those travelling to and from work
- Court orders including family court
- Compassionate grounds
- Medical treatment
Anyone travelling to Queensland, not usually resident in Queensland, for any other reason will have to agree to self-isolate for 14 days sick or not.
Penalties include fines of up to $13,345.
Police are developing methods to identify vehicles in border communities to make frequent essential border crossings easier such as a permit.
Queensland/New South Wales border last closed at the end of World War I to contain the Spanish flu.
Premier Palaszczuk said the better the community observed measures to restrict travel, avoid personal contact and stay in their homes and suburbs the sooner the virus spread could be contained.
“People should stay in their own states and in their own suburbs.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“That applies to Queensland as well.”
“People in the south-east should not travel to other parts of the state.”
“Do not go on holidays. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary.” Premier Palaszczuk said.