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Queensland puts restrictions on Sydney travellers


By Juliano Oliveira

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared Greater Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot increasing to 34 the number of areas whose residents are banned from entering in Queensland.

As of 1 am of Saturday (August 1), travellers who have been in one of these areas within the last 14 days will be turned away at Queensland border unless they are residents.

“We have seen more cases of community transmission spreading across a wider area of Sydney,” the Premier said.

“This includes into areas frequented by tourists, travellers and large numbers of Sydney locals.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have acted quickly to put the health of Queenslanders first.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young recommended any Queenslanders currently in these hotspots to go back home before restrictions come into force.

“If you are in Sydney please take this opportunity to come home to the safety of Queensland,” Dr Young said.

“If an area where you are staying or visiting is suddenly declared a hotspot while you are there, once you return to Queensland, you will have to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel at your own expense,” she said.

The fees for two weeks of accommodation, meals and room cleaning are $2,800 for one adult; $3,710 for two adults in the same room; and $4,620 for two adults and two children in the same room.

New cases

In the morning, health authorities also announced two new coronavirus cases overnight. Two young women who returned from Melbourne via Sydney.

One is an employee at Parklands Christian College on Brisbane’s southside. Queensland Health is working closely with the school which has temporarily closed until further notice.

“I’m absolutely furious that this has happened. That these two people have gone to Victoria, have come back and have given misleading information to authorities,” she said.

“I also want to say now that it is going to cause a lot of inconvenience to families but it is too important and we must protect Queenslanders.”

People living on Brisbane’s south side, particularly in Logan and Springfield Lakes regions, are being urged to get tested immediately.

Any individuals who were present at the below locations at the relevant times are asked to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH.


VA863 – Mel – Syd

VA977 – Syd – Bne
21 July 2020
Parklands Christian CollegePark Ridge22-23 July 20209.30am-6pm
Madtongsan IV RestaurantSunnybank23 July 20207-9pm
Heeretea -Bubble Tea ShopSunnybank23 July 20209.25pm
YMCA Chatswood Hills Outside School Hours CareSpringwood23-24 July 2020All
Primary Medical and Dental PracticeBrowns Plains24 July 20203.30-3.50pm
Thai Peak RestaurantSpringfield26 July 20206.30-9pm
Cowch Dessert Cocktail BarSouthbank27 July 2020All
P’Nut Street NoodlesSouthbank27 July 2020All
African Grocery ShopWoodridge (Station Rd)28 July 2020All
Primary Medical and Dental PracticeBrowns Plains28 July 202012.25-12.30pm
Chatime Grand PlazaBrowns Plains28 July 2020All

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, must get tested. A number of Fever Clinic times have been extended:

Orion Springfield Central Shopping Centre western car park (pop up clinic)9am-4pmThursday 30 July-Sunday 2 August
Parklands Fever Clinic (school community testing)Closes 7pm tonight

Opens 9am tomorrow
Wednesday 29 July

Thursday 30 July

QEII Hospital Fever Clinic8am-8pmWednesday 29 July-Friday 31 July

Logan Hospital Fever Clinic8am-9pmWednesday 29 July-Thursday 30 July

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