Queensland Is Shutting Its Borders To Everyone From NSW And The ACT
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Queensland will shut its borders to everyone from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.The ban will come into effect at 1am Saturday (August 8).
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has describe it as a 'life or death' moment and she's confident in her decision to prevent people south of the border from coming up.
"This is the right decision for Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said. "It is going to be tough for some of our small businesses in those communities. But what would be more catastrophic is to take Queensland backwards.
"This is about people's health, there are people dying. This is a life and death situation here."
BREAKING: Queensland borders will close to New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory from 1am Saturday, August 8.- Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) August 4, 2020
All visitors will be denied entry except for rare exemptions & returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.#COVID19au pic.twitter.com/Yc7BxKJ3GW
"Your health comes first. We need to protect not only our health. We need to protect the families. We need to protect our economy."We've seen what's happened in Victoria. We don't want to see that happening here. Businesses have said to me loudly and clearly that they do not want to go backwards."
It comes as the state records one new coronavirus case in the past 24 hours.
While the state has been doing very well when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus, Ms Palaszczuk is worrying about people finding loopholes in the rules to get across the border.
"As we've seen, these continuous breaches that have happened by Queenslanders going down to Victoria, by Victorians coming up through the NSW border and into Queensland, is putting our Queensland at risk,"
Ms Palaszczuk said."And we have to do everything we possibly can to stop that. We cannot risk a second wave."
She also issued a call for Queenslanders to try and stay within the border to prevent any headaches down the track.
"It's also very important that Queenslanders stay in Queensland. Now is not the time toll travel to NSW. Now is not the time to travel to Victoria. I will not risk the safety of Queenslanders and I will not risk our economy," she said.