Qld Border

Queensland will close its border to NSW for four weeks as authorities work to prevent COVID-19 spreading from outbreaks interstate while relaxing restrictions internally. 

a man standing next to a body of water: Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases as the state prepares to ease restrictions on Friday. © Dan Peled/AAP PHOTOS Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases as the state prepares to ease restrictions on Friday.

The border has already been closed to Greater Sydney for weeks and will shut to the rest of NSW from 1am on Friday.

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Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the closure is needed to protect the community as social distancing restrictions in Queensland ease from 6am on Friday.

He says there's now too much risk of COVID-19 cases getting in through regional NSW from outbreaks in Sydney, Victoria and South Australia.

"Our border is effectively closed to those people already, but in order to be able to ease these restrictions ... we need to close the border to the rest of NSW," Mr Miles told reporters. 

The ACT will not be declared a hotspot, but authorities warned they are "monitoring the situation" given it's proximity to NSW. 

A new border bubble zone will be set up for NSW residents as far south as the Clarence River Valley and as far west as the SA border.

It will cover 17 local government areas where residents are able to cross into Queensland for essential reasons such as work, education, caregiving or essential shopping.

Checkpoints will be set up at various points along the road borders and Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski urged Queensland residents to come home before the deadline to avoid hotel quarantine.

"If they come through tomorrow and they're coming out of a hotspot, they can be expected to put into hotel quarantine," he said.


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