Queensland border transition paused following concerning case

  • Queensland to remain classified as ‘low risk’ jurisdiction under controlled border
  • Classification will be reviewed on Monday, October 25, 2021
  • Pause in reclassification due to latest health advice following new concerning case
  • WA’s border controls enable strengthening as required to keep WA safe 
  • Based on the latest health advice, Queensland will remain classified as a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction.

    Earlier this week, the State Government announced that Western Australia’s controlled interstate border was set to be safely adjusted, pending no further outbreaks, to allow for quarantine-free travel from Queensland, which was set to be permitted from tomorrow.

    The transition has been paused and the decision will be reviewed on Monday, October 25, 2021.

    Anyone entering WA from Queensland will need to continue to meet the G2G Pass travel requirements, including undertaking 14 days of self-quarantine.

    The Chief Health Officer will monitor the situation closely and provide further advice accordingly.

    More information on WA’s controlled border is available at https://www.wa.gov.au

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “It appears the case in Queensland has authorities very concerned and as such we won’t be taking any unnecessary risks.

    “The Chief Health Officer has advised we need to keep Queensland as a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction for the coming days pending a review on Monday.

    “WA’s controlled border arrangements enable us to keep WA safe and adjust accordingly to further protect WA.

    “The border controls are in place based on health advice and I won’t hesitate to make any further adjustments if we need to strengthen them further.

    “Vaccination is our best protection and I urge everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and others.”

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “Following the Chief Health Officer’s advice we will pause on Queensland’s reclassification to ‘very low risk’.

    “The advice is based on the risk of community spread given Queensland’s new case.

    “Our priority is to protect Western Australians and we’ll continue to heed the health advice.

    “It’s these instances that serve as a reminder that we need to get vaccinated, we need to keep up personal hygiene, check-in where we go for the purposes of contact tracing, and follow the health advice.”

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