SMH: QLD Border checkpoints removed – ‘You will not even know we were here’

Queensland’s border checkpoint barricades have been removed as the state lifts its border restrictions to people from greater Sydney.

Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said border checkpoints were removed at 1am on Monday, with concrete barricades to be taken away overnight.

“By 5am tomorrow morning, you will not even know we were here,” he said.

“Everything here will be removed, which we are very grateful for.”Advertisement

Chief Superintendent Wheeler said drivers should expect traffic diversions on the M1 and the Gold Coast from 7pm and 11pm.

The second border checkpoint operation lasted 42 days and more than 1000 vehicles were refused entry in that time.

Chief Superintendent Wheeler said those returning to Queensland from WA would need to arrive via plane.

“If you’re travelling from WA, you will need a border declaration pass to come into Queensland,” he said.

“If you’re intending [to travel] from one of those hotspots, you will need an essential reason to do so.

“For instance, if you’re a returning Queensland resident, that’s OK, you can come back into Queensland, but you must do so by air … via an airport and therefore you need to go into a quarantine hotel at your own expense.”

Chief Superintendent Wheeler said there would be a police presence at all Queensland airports.

The latest directions come after Queensland’s border closure to most of WA after a hotel quarantine security guard contracted COVID-19.

Anyone in Queensland who has been Perth and surrounding areas since January 25 has been ordered into hotel quarantine, after Perth and surrounding areas were declared a hotspot.

When asked about the border closures, he said uncertainty was the “new normal”.

“I don’t think anyone can give an iron-clad guarantee on any future direction or decision but of course these decisions are made on medical advice,” he said.

“It’s our job as the Queensland Police Service to provide all necessary support to Queensland Health to lead agency.”

Acting Premier Steven Miles said contact tracers were in the process of speaking with the thousands of people who arrived on 10 flights from Perth to Brisbane and others who flew from Darwin to Cairns.

“Not heaps of people but obviously enough to be concerned, so we’ve got these messages out now and there shouldn’t be anyone else coming while this lockdown happens,” he told ABC Brisbane.

“We did get so close to the nation being opened. Yesterday was 14 days straight of no cases before that first case.”Save

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