The border bubble between Queensland and NSW will be reinstated to allow students and essential workers in virus-free areas to move freely between the two states.
Essential workers living in the 12 regional NSW local government areas where lockdown restrictions are being eased can enter Queensland from 1am on Monday, September 13.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the bubble would make life easier for residents living along the state’s southern border.
The border bubble between Queensland and NSW will be reinstated to allow students and essential workers to move between the two states. Pictured are police checking cars at a border crossing on the Gold Coast on September 2
Pedestrians walk past signage at a Covid-19 vaccination hub at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the bubble would make life easier for residents living along the state’s southern border
‘That’s great news for those communities and will ease some of those pressures along our border,’ she said.
‘We’ll be monitoring very closely because I think, as they [the NSW government] said yesterday, if they do have any positives that do come into those LGAs, they will actually put them back into lockdown.’
Students in parts of NSW where the stay-at-home order has been lifted will also be allowed to cross into Queensland.
‘This is a revert to the last border setting. People will be allowed to travel for school, for work that cannot be done from home, for essential shopping, for health care or to care for someone who is vulnerable,’ Deputy Premier Steve Miles said.
The announcement comes as a suburban Brisbane school was locked down after a student tested positive to Covid-19.
Ms Palaszczuk said the 13-year-old, who goes to St Thomas More School in Sunnybank in the city’s south, had tested positive to the virus.
‘It has just come to hand and is under investigation,’ she said.
Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said the information had only been handed to her this morning.
‘That’s great news for those communities and will ease some of those pressures along our border,’ Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said
Pedestrians are pictured walking down Queen St Mall in Brisbane on August 30. Students in parts of NSW where the stay-at-home order has been lifted will also be allowed to cross into Queensland
A 13-tear-old female student at St Thomas More College at Sunnybank, Brisbane tested positive for Covid, forcing all students at the school to be sent home on Friday
‘There is a 13-year-old girl who tested positive, she was at school in the last few days,’ Dr Young said.
‘I advised the principal of St Thomas More school for all children at that school to be picked up and taken home and to go into quarantine for 14 days, unless we get other advice which will change that.’
Household members of the students will also be required to self-isolate.
Dr Young said she didn’t have extra information about the student’s case but expected genome sequencing later today. She would not confirm whether the vase would need to a new lockdown in south-eastern Queensland.
‘I need more information. I can’t make a decision with five minute’s worth of information,’ she said.
More essential workers and students would be allowed to cross back and forth between Queensland and NSW from next Monday, 1am, after lockdown restrictions were lifted in northern NSW LGAs
People in border communities will now be allowed to travel between NSW and Queensland for a wider range of essential reasons
There was also one overseas-acquired case located on an offshore ship.
The state remains concerned about a truck driver who arrived from NSW and was infectious in the south-east of Queensland on September 5 and 6.
Contact tracing alerts were issued by Queensland Health for location s around the south-east, including the BP at Archerfield, a Grill’d outlet, MoMo Korean Chicken and Beer and the Cinnabon store at Westfield Garden City in Upper Mount Gravatt.
The truck driver, a man in his 20s, had received one dose of vaccine. He was tested in NSW, who then advised Queensland of his positive result. The truckie is now back in NSW.
Dr Young said she assumed he was carrying the Delta variant.