After an outcry from Northern NSW, the Queensland Government has decided to water down extreme quarantine restrictions that saw patients on both sides of the border being denied lifesaving care.
As Queensland puts a hard close on its borders to NSW, Victoria and the ACT at 1am Saturday morning (8 August) they have agreed to exemptions for border towns.
As of yesterday there were 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Queensland with five of them being treated in hospital. This has led to a tightening of the NSW QLD border and charges being laid.
The impact of COVID-19 on the border towns of NSW and Queensland is having a significant consequences with delays in crossing the border as well as being a challenge for the integrated communities as they move forward.
The border crossing between NSW and Queensland will become stricter from midday on Friday with a mix of checkpoints and hard closures between the states.
Police say that while performing duties at the state border checkpoint in Coolangatta yesterday, they located a large quantity of cannabis concealed within a pantech truck attempting to enter Queensland.
Anti-Queensland sentiment in Tweed Shire has led to some people covering their Queensland number plates over the weekend.
At 11.59pm tonight (10 April, 2020) new restrictions will come into place for anyone wanting to cross the Queensland border.
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith says she doesn’t agree with calls to close the New South Wales border.
Tighter restrictions came into force for people crossing into Queensland from NSW on the Gold Coast this morning.