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Harking back to the days of wartime border blocks, residents and workers will now have to show their ‘papers’ as further restrictions are put in place to tighten existing state control to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As of midnight on Good Friday (April 10) all Queenslanders returning home from interstate will require a new Queensland Entry Pass. All existing green entry and vehicle passes are void at 12.01am on Saturday, April 11.

Passes will be individually issued, and an application will be required for each person entering the State, including children. Online applications can be made at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass.

An exempt resident who arrives in Queensland must self-quarantine for fourteen days if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot area unless their travel was for an essential purpose.

There is no change for interstate freight transport services which will remain exempt.

The intent of the restrictions is to minimise social contact and non-essential travel to protect the health and safety of everyone in the community.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. What a tokenistic joke! This won’t stem the flood of Queenslanders to our region. Byron Bay is an identified hotspot because of the numbers of people who travel in and out to work (a trend that’s grown with the real estate prices) – we don’t need extra travel movement from the numbers coming for a surf!

    Both relevant premiers need to take some responsibility!

  2. In our blue Buick we put down our Bible as we broach the bend and approach the Qld border block and we brake and back back and back up, back back to the black days of wartime border blocks, for we black residents and black workers will now have to show our white ‘papers’ as further brakes are put in place to brick-up existing state boundary border controls to help break the brazen spread of COVID-19.

  3. It is disappointing but I guess the issue is that the Pacific Highway runs through the Shire. I would have thought though a caveat that exempted travellers who only passed through the Shirea on the Pacific Highway might have been possible. It still would not reduce the risk of people from the large urban area of SE QLD carrying the infection to highly vulnerable communites like Ballina.

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