Victoria coronavirus cases forces Queensland to keep border closed to state beyond July 10
Queensland’s border will reopen as planned on July 10, but not to people coming from Victoria amid a surge in coronavirus cases in that state.
People coming in from all other states and territories will be required to fill in a declaration form before being permitted to enter Queensland.
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That form is intended to determine who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days.
Lying on the form will attract a $4000 fine.
From Friday, people wanting to come into Queensland from Victoria - whether or not they are residents of the Sunshine State - will have to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for two weeks.
Otherwise, they will not be permitted to enter.‘Don’t go there’
“Our message to Queenslanders is please do not go there,” said Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles.
“Our message to Victorians is please do not come here until these outbreaks are under control.
“They’ve had more locally acquired cases than Queensland has had in total.
“They’ve had more than six times the number of cases, where the source of the infection could not be located, than we have had.
“They are managing multiple outbreaks on multiple fronts.”
The border reopening had been slated for July 10 as part of the third stage of the state’s road map to lifting restrictions.
On Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced other restrictions will ease from this Friday after advice from chief health officer Jeannette Young.
Up to 100 people being allowed to attend gatherings, including weddings, house parties, funerals and gyms.
That’s an increase of 80 people from current restrictions.
Concert venues will be allowed to have up to 50 per cent capacity from Friday, while casinos will also reopen.
Small venues will be allowed to have one patron per two square metres, as opposed to the current order of one per four square metres.
Contact community sport can also come back and there will be no limit on the number of spectators, although they are required to maintain 1.5 metres of distance.
Family households will be able to sit together in churches.Border pressure
The Queensland government has faced significant pressure from the business sector to reopen the border to help rejuvenate the state’s crumbling economy.
The Sunshine State is a popular winter travel destination for Victorians.
But a spike in Victoria - which has seen 10-straight days of double-digit growth in cases, including 75 on Monday and 64 on Tuesday - meant the prospect of easing border restrictions posed too great a risk to Queenslanders.
“This is a step in the right direction which strikes the right balance between the necessary caution and getting the economy restarted,” Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief executive Darren Rudd said in response to the decision.