Destinations

Queensland to ban travellers from Greater Sydney, threatens to “slam the border shut”

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

Queensland will close its border to Sydneysiders following the confirmation of two new COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State.

Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk said in a press conference posted to her Facebook page that the state will close its border to all of Greater Sydney from 1am on 31 July, alongside 31 additional New South Wales areas.

The news follows two new cases in Queensland, both 19-year-old women from Logan and Acacia Ridge who returned to the state from Melbourne via Sydney on 21 July.

Palaszczuk said on Tuesday that the state will not hesitate to close its border to all of NSW.

“As I said yesterday, we will not hesitate to slam the border shut if there is an outbreak of community transmission in Sydney,” she said.

“We are watching New South Wales incredibly closely… we will take the health advice and we will act swiftly when we need to do so.”

Palaszcuk advised Queenslanders not to travel to New South Wales.

“Now is not the time to leave Queensland. Now is the time to stay in Queensland and stay safe.

Today, the Queensland Premier told media she was “furious” that the state had two new cases and said there will be a thorough police investigation.

“Two people have gone to Victoria, have come back and have given authorities misleading information,” she said.

This comes as NSW Health confirms it is contacting passengers on a Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Sydney after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.

The state health authority said a 30-year-old woman who was on flight JQ506 on 25 July has tested positive and is in isolation with contact tracing underway.

“Passengers who were close contacts are being placed into self-isolation for 14 days after the flight and asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested, even if they have the mildest of symptoms,” NSW Health said.

NSW Health has singled out rows 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 as passengers who may have been in close contact with the woman.

A Jetstar spokesperson told Travel Weekly it is working with NSW Health to follow the necessary contact tracing procedures.

“Passengers travelling on flights to and from Melbourne are required to wear masks on board flights and throughout the airport,” the spokesperson said.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our number one priority and we have extra measures in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of our customers, including enhanced cleaning and masks and sanitizing wipes.”


Featured image source: Facebook/Annastacia Palaszczuk

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Travel Agents

INFOGRAPHIC: How Aussie and Kiwi travel agents have been holding up during the pandemic

Despite all the uncertainty plaguing the travel industry at the moment, there are still some positive signs for agents, if this new research is anything to go by.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Destination Wrap: Program announced for Parrtjima, Tasmania set to reopen to SA, NT + MORE

Looking to start the week off well? Kick back and sink your teeth into our Monday serving of destination news.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia slumps to $1.2 billion loss in Q2

by Huntley Mitchell

Thought Expedia was fairly immune to the severe impact COVID-19 is having on the travel industry? Think again upon reading these dour financials.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Man charged after diving into aquarium at Sydney Zoo

We have seen people do some pretty dumb things on TikTok, but this numbskull takes the cake.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wholesaler Wrap: Intrepid rubs shoulders with Prince Harry, Omniche’s new webinars + MORE

We’ve got some rare Royals news in this week’s Wholesaler Wrap. However, that’s not to suggest it features any pics of Princess Beatrice in her wedding dress.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ could get green light without Victoria: Birmingham

The federal government is prepared to proceed without Victoria to try to kickstart the trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ this year, according to Birmo.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Hurtigruten passengers and crew test positive for COVID-19

At least 36 crew members and passengers on board MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for coronavirus.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

UN research finds 40 per cent of destinations have now eased travel restrictions

This headline may take a glass-half-full approach, but given the current state of affairs, we’ll take it as a win.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean updates corporate identity

The cruise giant has given itself a new lick of paint for the first time in 20 years.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Farelogix snapped up by another travel tech player, after Sabre abandons acquisition plan

The future of Farelogix can finally be put to bed, so you could say this story is Travel Weekly tucking it in and giving it a goodnight kiss.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Global air travel won’t return to pre-coronavirus levels until 2024, says IATA

This revised forecast by IATA makes for grim reading, so we recommend skipping this story if you’re over all the doom and gloom.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism New Zealand turns country into super-cool video game

Do you have clients who are obsessed with the Land of the Long White Cloud and are always boasting about their video gaming heroics? Let them nerd out even more with this.

Share

CommentComments