Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the Queensland border will close to Greater Sydney from this Saturday, 1 August 2020.
In a media conference today, the Premier announced from 1am Saturday, more hotspots will be declared and “no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland”.
The Queensland border is currently closed to three NSW hotspots of Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and all of Victoria.
It comes as 19 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in NSW overnight.
BREAKING: Queensland will close its borders to all of Greater Sydney. From 1am Saturday, more hotspots will be declared and no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland. #COVID19au pic.twitter.com/044iZeTZ1g
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Queensland’s event industry is restarting, with the first major event since the COVID-19 crisis began taking place on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
Organisers of the Gold Coast Expo said the event was under close scrutiny from Queensland Health and Queensland Police.
“We had a team of senior health inspectors crawl over the event on Saturday and on Sunday the COVID Unit from Queensland Police also paid a visit,” said Bob Carroll from Australian Events.
“All were very impressed with our systems, our layout and the way we set up the event and ran it on the ground.
“They liked our ‘Social Distancing Ambassador’ idea which was part of our strategy to keep people moving and avoid queuing and clumping of people on site.”
More updates to come.