States and territories across Australia are increasing their border restrictions for Queensland as the Greater Brisbane region prepares to go into a three-day lockdown from this afternoon.
Here’s how each jurisdiction is managing their borders.
In Victoria, the entire Greater Brisbane area has been designated a “red zone” under the state’s travel permit system.
This means from 6pm today, returning Victorian residents will need to apply for a red-zone permit – and if approved – will need to return straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Greater Brisbane area includes the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City.
South Australia will impose hard border with Greater Brisbane from 4pm today.
Anyone who arrives prior to this time will need to get tested on arrival and isolate until negative result is returned.
They will also be required to be tested on day 5 and day 12 as an additional precaution.
Any travellers who have arrived from Greater Brisbane since March 20 are now banned from entering venues where more than 1000 people are gathered including AFL games.
The Tasmanian Government has declared five local government areas in Queensland as high risk, effective immediately.
Anyone travelling to the state from Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands will not be permitted to enter without quarantining for two weeks.
Overnight Western Australia has strengthened its border restrictions to Queenslanders, reclassifying the entire state as “medium risk”.
From 12:01am tomorrow (March 30), WA will initiate a hard border closure with Queensland.
This means only travellers with valid exemptions will be able to travel from Queensland into Western Australia.
Any travellers from Queensland who arrived on March 27 or later are required to self-quarantine and be present for COVID-19 tests.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state will not shut its borders to Queensland over Easter but has urged people to “reconsider” their travel plans.
“We are in a cautious position,” she said, asking anyone with plans to visit Greater Brisbane or broader Queensland to cancel their holiday and stay in NSW over the long weekend.
Ms Berejiklian also told people to take “extra caution” over the coming days and weeks as the state monitors the “evolving situation” in Brisbane.
NSW Health authorities have contacted more than 1400 people who visited either the Beach Hotel on March 26 or The Farm on March 28.
Dr Kerry Chant, the state’s Chief Health Officer said the window of exposure at both venues would likely be narrowed over the next 48 hours.
However, she said anyone contacted must follow health advice and isolate for two weekend regardless of a negative test result.
An infected Brisbane nurse from The Royal Alexandra Hospital and her sister- who also has the virus – visited the NSW resort town from March 26 to 28.
NSW Health has issued an alert asking anyone who went to the venues they visited to self-isolate and go for a test immediately.
The ACT government has issued a travel alert for Greater Brisbane.
Anyone who has visited the City of Brisbane and Moreton Bay Council regions from 11 March 2021 now needs to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.