Queensland will remain closed to all of Greater Sydney

Queensland will remain closed to all of Greater Sydney

With community transmission of COVID-19 in the New South Wales capital still a concern to Queensland's health authorities, the QLD Premier has announced the border will remain closed to all of Greater Sydney.

However, the state is now on track to reopen to the rest of NSW, bar Sydney, from 3 November at 1am.

The Queensland Government had previously flagged the state's borders would open to all of NSW back at the beginning of the month, contingent on the state not recording any cases of unlinked community transmission for 28 days prior.

However, there have been cases of unlinked community transmission in Sydney over the past 28 days, and therefore QLD border will remain shut to the 32 local government areas (LGAs) that comprise Greater Sydney.

One of those four cases was reported just yesterday by NSW Health.

If people in Greater Sydney do wish to visit QLD they must leave the city for 14-days before being allowed north of the border.

For everyone else in NSW not living in the 32 LGAs considered to be a 'hotspots', they will be allowed to cross into QLD from 1am on 3 November.

Today's decision about the hard border to Sydney will be reviewed again at the end of November.

 

 

"Prior to yesterday they had four local government areas in Sydney that had had cases of community transmission that New South Wales was unable to link to any known clusters, which means they have transmission, and they don't know where it's coming from," said QLD Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young.

"Then, yesterday, they had four new cases, and one of those cases they could not link to any other known clusters.

"Now, outside those 32 LGAs, there have not been any cases in the previous 28 days."

Dr Young also encouraged Queenslanders to go and get tested for COVID-19, in particular those living in Ipswich and Wynnum.

"It's really important that Queenslanders continue to come forward and get tested, if they have any symptoms, that is critically important," Dr Young said.

"There is a concern that we might have the virus circulating, and the best way to deal with that is to come forward and get tested.

"So anyone who lives out in the Ipswich area or who lives in Wynnum area, it's really important that you come forward and get tested."

QLD will also maintain its hard border with Victoria as health authorities assess the success of the state's easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

QLD recorded one new case of COVID-19 today - a person in hotel quarantine.

Updated at 11.50am AEDT on 30 October 2020.

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