Ongoing coronavirus threat prompts Annastacia Palaszczuk to warn Queenslanders against travelling to NSW
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has issued her strongest warning yet against travelling south of the border amid the ongoing threat from COVID-19.
“I would advise Queenslanders at the moment, to not travel to New South Wales,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Now is not the time to leave Queensland — now is the time to stay in Queensland.”
Ms Palaszczuk said while the border to NSW remained open for now, the Government continued to monitor community transmission of coronavirus in Sydney very closely.
“People have been stopping me and telling me they support our stance on the borders, and if we have to take stronger measures we will do that in the interests of protecting people’s health,” she said.
For now, three Sydney local government areas remain declared hotspots — Liverpool, Campbelltown and Fairfield — as well as the entire state of Victoria.
Interstate people who have been inside a hotspot within the past 14 days are banned from entering Queensland.
Any returning Queensland residents who have been in a hotspot must hotel quarantine at their own expense.
‘I’m not getting into that conversation’: PM
Prime Minister Scott Morrison side-stepped the issue of border controls during a flying visit to Queensland today.
Earlier in the crisis, Mr Morrison openly criticised Ms Palaszczuk for not having open borders, but said today he respected the state’s decisions on the matter.
“States are making their own decision about when they decide to put up borders or not,” Mr Morrison said.
“They assert their right to do that and I’m not getting into that conversation.”
Mr Morrison said when there were severe outbreaks, such as in Victoria, it was prudent to close the border to that state.
Ms Palaszczuk yesterday warned she would “slam the border shut” on New South Wales if community-acquired COVID-19 cases continued to rise there.
At the moment, all states except New South Wales have had multiple incubation periods without community transmission of COVID-19.