To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government is implementing restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020. These restrictions provide for the continuation of goods and services for Queenslanders.
Exemption for border communities:
To reflect the unique nature of our border, we have introduced another exemption that allows people who live near the border of Queensland, NSW, SA or the NT who ordinarily work in Queensland to continue to travel for that work or study. This is not restricted to working relating to essential services. This also applies for Queensland residents who travel to NSW, SA or the NT for work or education.
The exemption only applies if the person does not propose to stay in Queensland for longer than reasonably necessary to attend work.
The exemption also applies when people living in these border communities travel interstate to obtain goods and services, including to attend school or child care or obtain medical or other work related services.
Why has Queensland adopted these measures?
With the increasing importance of restricting the spread of the virus, it is critical that we implement further measures that will restrict travel.
This is not about absolute border closures – we want to ensure essential food and supplies and services continue to be able to come into Queensland.
Will freight and equipment be able to cross the border into Queensland?
Freight and logistics for any goods into Queensland from interstate is still permitted, including retail goods for pharmacies, grocery stores and petrol stations, on the condition that the person must practise social distancing wherever possible, including maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable and remain isolated in their vehicle or accommodation.
Are people living in cross-border communities banned from crossing the border? (e.g. between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads)
No. Residents should follow the clear advice to minimise movement however people are not banned from accessing local essential services, and continue to travel for any kind of employment
Can people cross the border who live on one side (NSW) and work on the other side (Queensland)?
The restrictions still allow people to undertake travel between their residence and place of work. This should be limited or minimised due to the need to reduce travel as much as possible. This also applies for people who live in Queensland, and work in NSW.
Will the Gold Coast Airport remain open?
Yes, but the restrictions will apply to all arrivals, and there will be very limited services operating.
Can local people visit a shop (across the border) to purchase essential items?
Yes, people can for example travel from Rainbow Bay to visit their local shop in South Tweed to buy essential items such as food. Travelling across the border to buy non-essential items is not allowed.