Sumary of Qld tells residents to come home from NSW ahead of expected Covid-19 case surge:
- Queensland has become the latest state to recommend residents in regional parts of New South Wales “come home”, after Victoria slammed its borders shut to the entire state and the ACT on Sunday.It comes as more than 100 cases are expected to be announced in NSW on Monday and after tourists in regional NSW from the Northern Territory were also urged to return to their home states “immediately”.Victoria made the announcement on Sunday that as of 11.59pm, all of NSW and the ACT would become a “red zone”, meaning only Victorian residents could return home but would still have to undergo 14 days quarantine.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday authorities were monitoring the situation in the southern state “very closely” but would not reinstate a hard border yet, because all the cases are contained to Greater Sydney.“At the moment, because Greater Sydney is in lockdown, we are very comfortable with keeping the Greater Sydney are a hot spot,” she said.“However, my message to Queenslanders is if you are in those areas, come home.
- But I am giving everyone notice that we are monitoring this incredibly closely.”Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Sydney “continues to be the greatest national concern”.“We all need for the sake of the nation, we need Sydney to get on top of these outbreaks,” he said.Camera IconVictoria has slammed its borders shut to non-residents coming from NSW and the ACT.
- NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled Credit: News Corp AustraliaNorthern Territory officials have told residents currently in regional NSW “now is the time to come back”.A hard border is already in place in Western Australia and South Australia, with anyone returning from NSW or Queensland allowed to enter the state only with an exemption and required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.SA has also banned non-residents coming from the ACT, citing fears Covid-19 could be a risk in the capital.ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr took to social media on Sunday night to say it was “incredibly disappointing and frustrating” that states were slamming their borders to Canberrans.“Canberra is not part of Greater Sydney,” he said.“At this time, there is very little justification to consider the ACT as a Covid-affected jurisdiction that requires the highest level of travel restrictions.“ … We are asking all states to remove the restrictions on the ACT has soon as possible.”More than 100 cases are expected to be announced in NSW on Monday.Camera IconWith more than 100 cases expected to be announced by NSW on Monday, more states could follow the lead of WA, SA and Victoria in slamming shut completely to the Covid-affected state.
- NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled Credit: News Corp AustraliaCurrent border restrictionsNew South WalesAs millions of Sydney residents begin another week under stay at home orders, health authorities have changed travel rules for anyone arriving from the Northern Territory, Queensland or Western Australia.Anyone travelling to NSW who has been in those areas in the previous 14 days must complete a declaration form.“Do not travel to NSW if you have attended a venue of concern, as close contacts must isolate immediately, get tested and remain in isolation for 14 days, and contact the relevant health authorities in their state or territory,” NSW Health said.VictoriaVictoria reclassified all of NSW and the ACT has a “red zone” on Sunday, closing its borders to the whole region, despite no local cases being recorded in the capital since last year.Travellers from NSW and the ACT are not permitted to travel to Victoria, unless they have are returning residents who will need to quarantine for 14 days.Border restrictions with Perth and Peel in WA and Darwin and Alice Springs in the NT have moved to orange zones, meaning anyone arriving from these areas must apply for a permit to enter Victoria and get a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.Greater Brisbane and Townsville became orange zones as of Sunday, while the rest of Queensland is a green zone.Camera IconBlockades were reinstate along the NSW/ Victoria border on Sunday night.