Update: Friday, 10 April, 8.30pm
Queensland Health have released a list of COVID-19 hotspots that they will be updating as new hotspots are identified. Currently Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires are not listed as hotspots.
Check if you have been to a hotspot for COVID-19 on the COVID-19 hotspot page.
At 11.59pm tonight (10 April, 2020) new restrictions will come into place for anyone wanting to cross the Queensland border. Border passes will be required for everyone entering Queensland, including returning Queenslanders, and anyone who has been to a CIVID-19 hotspot will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
‘The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation,’ a Queensland Health spokesperson told Echonetdaily.
‘Starting from 11.59pm tonight anyone who is eligible to enter Queensland under current border restrictions, including Queenslanders returning home from interstate, who have travelled in the previous 14 days to a declared COVID-19 hotspot decided by the Chief Health Officer and published on the Queensland Health website will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. They will also require a border pass to enter Queensland.’
Queensland Health is mapping out a process for how these hotspots will be determined and is currently liaising with other states on possible COVID-19 hotspots based on their data.
‘A COVID-19 hotspot can be declared in areas with high rates of locally acquired transmission,’ said the Queensland Health spokesperson.
‘Additional information will be made available on declared COVID-19 hotspots ahead of the implementation of the new restrictions.’
The Queensland Police are providing ongoing support to Queensland Health to ensure compliance with directions particularly around self-isolation, state borders, non-essential business activity, home confinement, movement and gathering said a spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service.
Queensland police officers can issue on the spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations which fail to abide by the health directions.
It is not yet clear is Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires will be identified as hotspots.
Declared COVID-19 hotspots will be published on the Queensland Health website later today.
For anyone intending to cross the border into Queensland they can apply for a Border Pass online which can be printed at home before travel.
To apply, visit this website: www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
♦ Echonetdaily will update the story when more information is available.