Queensland is opening its borders to all states with the exception of declared ‘hot spots’ from this Friday, July 10.
Currently all of the state of Victoria has been declared as a ‘hot spot’ for people entering Queensland.
There will be some changes to the border restriction measures on the Gold Coast.
From midday this Friday, July 10, 2020 anyone who enters Queensland will need to have a Queensland Border Declaration Pass and any necessary documentation to prove they have not been in Victoria over the past 14 days.
The changes also apply to Queensland residents and visitors.
Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said the aim of these changes were to protect Queensland from COVID-19 community transmission being experienced in other states.
“These strict measures are about safeguarding Queensland in the midst of a global pandemic,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
“They are necessary and important to maintain the good work that has already been done in controlling and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our state.
“We acknowledge there will be a higher volume of traffic and varying delays when travelling across our border.
“We are asking members of the public to work with us and have their declaration pass, any necessary proof or documentation ready and above all, to be patient when crossing the border.
“Importantly, border passes need to be renewed every seven days to ensure declarations are accurate and up-to-date,” he said.
Failure to comply with quarantine directions and border restrictions can result in on-the-spot fines of $1,334 for individuals and $6,672 for corporations.
Providing false information on the declaration or entering Queensland unlawfully could result in a $4,003 fine.
The Queensland Entry Declaration can be accessed at https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass and is valid for seven days.
Police check points will continue to be in place and operating at Coolangatta and across border crossing in the Gold Coast District.
Police controlled vehicle checkpoints: Griffith Street and Stuart Street Gold Coast Highway and Coolangatta Road M1 northbound at Stewarts Road Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge will have a QPS controlled border pass system between 7am to 7pm each day and 24-hour access to emergency vehicles Miles Street will be restricted access to local border residents only
Hard closures: Boundary Street and Clarke Street Dixon Street and Bay Street Dixon Street and Florence Street Leeward Terrace and Tooloon Street Kent Street near Murraba Crescent Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley