The so-called ‘border bubble’ zone allowing Northen Rivers’ residents to cross back and forth over the Queensland border may have just burst.
‘Areas of Concern’: Anyone in NSW who has been in one or more of eleven particular Queensland local government areas since 12.01am on 21 July is required to follow the ‘stay at home’ rules for fourteen days from the date they were last in those areas, ‘or until the notice is revoked’, authorities said Monday. Under the ‘stay at home’ rules you must stay at your residence unless you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave, such as going to work or education (if you cannot work or study at home), obtaining food or services, medical care, exercising outdoors or getting vaccinated.
The household contacts of those merely under the ‘stay at home’ rules do not have to abide by those ‘stay at home’ rules.
‘Places of High Concern’: Different rules apply to NSW residents who have been in COVID-19 locations visited by a confirmed case. There is a list of these Case Locations here. Those people have to follow different ‘self-isolation’ rules.
Persons who have visited those places of high concern are considered ‘close contacts’, so there are obligations to get tested, listed here. Family members of those persons are ‘secondary close contacts’, and, if they cannot separate themselves from the close contact, have to follow the ‘self-isolation’ rules.
In it together: NSW follows QLD stay-at-home advice
The stay-at-home order meant the travellers and their household contacts would effectively be following similar extended stay-at-home rules as Queenslanders in that state’s eleven areas of concern.
But it was unclear whether ‘the notice’ referred to in the updated advice referred to QLD or NSW health orders and The Echo was told to email the question Tuesday morning.
Impacted Queenslanders were only told to stay at home until 4pm Sunday.
Thousands of QLD border zone residents likely to be stuck at home
Either way, the Gold Coast local government area was on the list, meaning hundreds if not thousands of Northern Rivers’ residents who worked, studied or had other engagements over the border were likely to be stuck at home for at least six, if not fourteen days.
Conversely, most workers and students from the Gold Coast would be unable to make commitments on the Northern Rivers for the week.
The other ten Queensland local government areas listed were Brisbane City; Moreton Bay; Ipswich; Lockyer Valley; Logan City; Noosa; Redland City; Scenic Rim; Somerset; and Sunshine Coast.
Queensland’s stay-at-home orders came into effect from 4pm Saturday 31 July, with residents in the eleven listed LGAs only allowed to leave home under certain circumstances: shopping; medical care; caregiving; outdoor exercise with a member of the same household or one other person; and work or education where impossible from home.
Travel declaration forms still required