Queensland will shut its border to travellers from Sydney’s eastern suburbs from TOMORROW as New South Wales battles to contain new outbreak
Visitors from the Waverley area of Sydney – which includes the current Bondi Junction hotspots – will be blocked from freely entering the state from 1am on Saturday.
Mandatory hotel quarantine will be restarted for anyone from the affected area after the lockdown comes into effect.
And Queensland health Minister Yvette D’Ath said anyone coming into Queensland will now need a border pass to get in.
She added: ‘We believe we need to act quickly to ensure we don’t have any of that transmission coming into Queensland.’
The latest official update on the Queensland state government Covid-19 website adds: ‘If you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless you are a Queensland resident, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes.
‘From 1am AEST Saturday 19 June 2021 you must complete a declaration to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand that is not a declared COVID-19 hotspot.’
The lockout comes after the latest Covid scare spreasd to Canberra after a Sydney man with low levels of the virus reportedly visited the nation’s capital while infected.
The man in his 40s from Baulkham Hills in Sydney’s north-west visited the ACT on June 14.
Health authorities are urging anyone who went to the National Gallery of Australia’s Boticelli to Van Gogh exhibition or gift shop from 12-1.45pm on Monday to get tested and immediately isolate.
The same advice applies to anyone who visited Via Dolce Pasticceria, a popular Italian dessert and pizza eatery, on the same day from 2.45-3.15pm.
The alert for Canberra comes as Sydney’s Covid exposure list continues to grow, with a popular bowling club and Harris Farm supermarket added on Tuesday night.
New South Wales has seen four new coronavirus cases in the last 48 hours, after a 40-day run without a single locally acquired infection.
Authorities are now scrambling to keep the lid on a potential outbreak, after a driver who transported international flight crew tested positive on Wednesday.