| 01.08,20. 11:31 AM |
Queensland shuts its borders to people from Greater Sydney
Coronavirus: Greater Sydney locked out of Queensland
Residents from Greater Sydney are now locked out of Queensland after its border closed at 1am today.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared all of Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot on Wednesday, announcing the closure from the weekend to give Queenslanders time to get home.
"We are in extraordinary times at the moment and we have to do everything we can," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Queenslanders should not be travelling to Sydney."
Returning Queenslanders will be required to undergo self-funded hotel quarantine for two weeks now that the new measures are in place.
Ahead of the border closures, the premier warned of border delays due to rigorous checks as 8000 travellers are expected to flood the state.
"There will be delays at the border so think about your travel plans and think about where you need to go and think about the timing of those journeys," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"I'm not making any apologies for those delays because our police have a very important job to do and I want to thank everybody for the work that they are doing on our boarders to keep Queenslanders safe."
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said police were well prepared ahead of the influx.
"We are in a position to be able to process them very effectively," he said.
"Our borders are working and I've listened with interest to some of the suggestions that are coming out there around what we should consider and in terms of how we do our borders."
Yesterday NSW recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19, with just two in hotel quarantine.