Tighter restrictions came into force for people crossing into Queensland from NSW on the Gold Coast this morning.
From 12.01am Friday April 3, 2020 anyone who is not a Queensland resident or considered exempt from the restrictions will not be able to enter the state.
‘Unless you are a Queensland resident or have an exemption such as you work here or are required to travel for medical reasons, or are involved in freight transportation, you will be refused entry,’ Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.
Water barriers in place
Water barriers and police check points have been put in place and are operating at Coolangatta to further control the movement between Queensland and New South Wales.
Closures with water barriers will now be in place at:
- Boundary Street and Clarke Street, Coolangatta
- Dixon Street and Bay Street, Coolangatta
- Dixon Street and Florence Street, Coolangatta
- Leward Street and Tooloon Street, Coolangatta
- Kent Street near Murraba Crescent, Coolangatta
- Miles Street, Coolangatta
- Tomewin Mountain Road Currumbin Valley and Coolangatta
- Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge and Coolangatta
Police check points will be at:
- Griffith Street and Stuart Street, Coolangatta
- Gold Coast Highway and Coolangatta Road
- Northbound – south of Stewarts Road and north of Queensland/New South Wales border
‘These strict measures are about safe guarding Queensland and minimising the spread of the virus,’ Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
‘Community members should avoid all non-essential cross border travel.’
Queensland residents (with Queensland vehicle registrations), exemption holders and heavy vehicles crossing the New South Wales border into Queensland on the Gold Coast should remain on the M1 for a speedier process.
All other vehicles are being diverted onto the Gold Coast Highway for processing at the police check point.
For those who fall into the exempt category (non-Queensland residents) and intend on crossing the border into Queensland 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