Queensland closes border with NSW, reports no new COVID-19 cases

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Queensland borders will close to people arriving from New South Wales at 1:00am tomorrow.

Acting Prime Minister Stephen Miles said there were no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland overnight.

Miles said masks will still need to be worn for another seven days in 11 council areas around southeast Queensland, but other restrictions will be relaxed.

Up to 100 people will be able to gather in homes, up from 30, and there will be no limits for people gathering outside.

Hospitality venues will also be allowed to have one patron per 2 square metres, and restrictions on visitors to hospitals and elderly care will be lifted.

Weddings are currently limited to 100 people with 20 dances at a time, which will be able to increase to 200 people, with unlimited dancing, provided that people comply with 1 person per 2 square metres.

The number of funerals will also be increased from 100 to 200.

“In order to be able to ease these restrictions, we need to close the borders with the rest of NSW,” Miles said.

“This will reflect the arrangements currently in place in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.”

Miles said there will be exceptions available for those in the area from the Clarence Valley, west to the South Australian border, and checkpoints will be installed at key sites.

“People will be allowed to move around in these communities for basic reasons, all the things you would expect like going to school to go to work, to get health care or to take care of others,” he said.

The border area will not include Coffs Harbor, as Miles said there are some risks there.

The state government said NSW will remain a declared hotspot for four weeks, with the possibility of an earlier review pending how the outbreak will develop south of the border.

‘Cause’ masks in Queensland have no community transmission

Janet Young, Queensland’s chief health officer, said border closures are necessary because cases are starting to emerge in parts of New South Wales outside of closed areas.

“It’s really starting to escalate,” she said.

“It is important that we increase restrictions on NSW.”

She said wearing a mask helped reduce transmission in Queensland during the recent outbreak.

“I’m sure the reason the community hasn’t spread lately is because people were wearing real masks,” she said.

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