9 January 2021

Explainer: everything you need to know about the new Brisbane restrictions

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT Policing

ACT Policing are conducting health order compliance operations across the city. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT has expanded its COVID-19 restrictions, shutting the border to any non-residents who have been to the Greater Brisbane region from, and including, 2 January.

The region includes Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan local government areas.

This new order is in addition to the current restrictions for people from Greater Sydney, including Sydney Northern Beaches LGA, the Central Coast and Wollongong areas, who cannot enter the ACT unless they have an exemption or are a resident.

Both restriction measures will be reviewed on Tuesday (12 January).

ACT residents have been urged not to travel to the Greater Brisbane area.

You are allowed to transit through Brisbane to get to another location in Queensland or to return to the ACT, provided you do not stop or exit your vehicle while in Greater Brisbane.

This also includes using a hire car if you are flying into Brisbane and then going to another, non-COVID destination like the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast.

All returning residents and anyone in the ACT who has visited these areas needs to fill out an online declaration form as soon as possible and alert ACT Health before isolating for 14 days from when they left the region.

The declaration must be filled out by 3:00 pm on Saturday.

Across the border in NSW, people who have visited the Greater Brisbane area need to isolate until 6:00 pm on Monday (11 January). They are not currently required to isolate for 14 days like their ACT counterparts.

ACT residents in the Greater Brisbane area should remain and follow the current three-day lockdown requirements, which end at 6:00 pm Monday (11 January).

People who are not residents of the ACT will not be allowed to enter if they have been to either Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast and Wollongong) or Greater Brisbane (including the Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan local government areas) in the last 14 days.

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ACT Policing has been patrolling the NSW-ACT border.

Officers are also conducting random checks on cars around the city, and people found flouting restrictions will face an $8,000 fine. Almost 190 cars had been turned around at the NSW-ACT border as of Friday morning (8 January).

Officers are also reviewing manifests from buses and trains from Sydney, which now terminate in Queanbeyan, to ensure compliance.

Anyone arriving from Brisbane by plane until 3:00 pm today will need to quarantine for 14 days. Any non-resident arriving in the ACT from Brisbane after 3:00 pm today without an exemption will be turned back at the airport.

Restrictions can change rapidly. You can keep up to date with the latest restrictions at covid19.act.gov.au or health.qld.gov.au for Queensland lockdown measures.

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