24 September 2020 / COVID-19

COVID-19 Update / Breaking News

Please note this is a public announcement – not an announcement from Hutchies.

QLD-NSW Border Zone Update

From 1am Thursday 1 October, Queensland will relax its requirements around the previously declared QLD-NSW border zone. The QLD Government has recognised the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in northern New South Wales and made the following changes:

> The New South Wales border zone (PDF) will be extended. 

It will incorporate the following postcodes: 2360, 2361, 2372, 2398, 2399, 2400, 2401, 2402, 2403, 2404, 2405, 2406, 2408, 2409, 2410, 2411, 2470, 2471, 2473, 2474, 2475, 2476, 2477, 2478, 2479, 2480, 2481, 2482, 2483, 2484, 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488, 2489, 2490, 2832, 2833, 2834, 2838, 2839, 2840, 2880, 4373, 4383, 4385.

It will also partially incorporate these postcodes. Refer to the border zone map or Direction No. 15 for specific areas: 2371, 2463, 2347, 2359, 2365, 2369, 2370, 2386, 2387, 2388, 2390, 2397, 2460, 2469, 2472, 2648, 2829, 2831, 2836, 2879.

> The Queensland border zone will no longer exist

> Queensland residents will be able to travel anywhere in the New South Wales border zone for any purpose

> New South Wales border zone residents will be able to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose

Please be aware that the following requirements will remain in place for both Queensland residents and New South Wales border zone residents:

> You will require a border declaration pass for all travel into Queensland. Passes are valid for 7 days from the date it is completed online. Please note, the border declaration pass website has not yet been updated to incorporate the coming changes from 1 Oct 2020. 

> You must provide evidence that you are either a QLD resident or NSW border zone resident by providing your residence details on the border declaration pass. 

> You must commit to getting tested for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms within 14 days of entering Queensland (as part of the border declaration pass). 

> You must not leave the NSW border zone if you wish to re-enter Queensland within 14 days. Leaving the border zone will be considered by QLD Government as “entering a COVID-19 hotspot” as all locations in NSW besides the border zone are still currently considered a hotspot.

> If you leave the NSW border zone and enter other parts of NSW at any time within 14 days prior to entering Queensland, you are only allowed to re-enter QLD by air and you will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine at your own cost. 

> There have been unconfirmed reports that QLD Police are verifying traveller whereabouts by checking phone data (such as online banking transaction details). The official Border Restrictions Direction No. 15 states evidence that the person resides in QLD or the border zone will need to be provided and, if requested, evidence the person has only travelled within the border zone.

Additional QLD Restrictions Eased

Today marked 14 consecutive days without community transmission of the virus since the first cases in the Wacol outbreak were discovered around five weeks ago. Due to this, the Queensland Government is easing more restrictions that were put in place five weeks ago:

From 1am Friday 25 September, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Redlands will be able to enjoy the following eased restrictions: 

> Gatherings of up to 30 people will be allowed in people's homes and outdoors.

> Visitors will be permitted at hospitals, but may be required by the hospital to wear PPE. 

> Aged care facilities can accept visitors when they are ready to do so. 

​ ACT Hotspot Status Likely to be Revoked

The Queensland Government will remove the ACT as a hotspot if there are zero cases in the ACT between now and 1am Friday 25 September. This will mean ACT residents will be allowed to travel to Queensland effective immediately (without 14 day quarantine requirement). QLD residents will also be permitted to travel to ACT and return without having to quarantine.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this update or what the upcoming changes to the border zone mean for you or people on your team/site, feel free to contact us at coronavirus@hutchies.com.au.

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The Queensland Government announced the strictest lockdown measures that the state has experienced so far, due to concern of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

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  • Maintaining 1.5m distance from others, including limiting numbers in hoists / lifts and crib / lunch rooms
  • Signing in using your sites' regular sign in process to provide contact details if required for contact tracing
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The Queensland Government has specified that people who can work from home should do so.

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