Sumary of Gold Coast business leaders say traders are losing hope as border slams shut again:
- Key points:A hard border closure to NSW has been announcedPolice began manning checkpoints from 1am on FridayLocal business owners fear effects of third closure in just over one year It comes as Gold Coast commerce leaders say the third lock out to NSW in just over one year has “eroded hope” tourists will make plans to holiday on the Gold Coast.
- A Queensland Police spokesman said this entry to NSW would again be subject to a hard border closure, with access only available for emergency services vehicles.
- He called on the Queensland Police to man the border crossing during daylight hours.
- Blockages reinstated, passes needed for travelCheckpoints went up overnight at Griffith St at Coolangatta, Miles St at Kirra, the Gold Coast Hwy at Bilinga and the M1 at Tugun.
- Smaller borders checkpoints including Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge and Tomewin Mountain Road at Currumbin Valley are also expected to be installed today.
- Queensland border residents can cross into NSW for work, school, essential shopping and medical reasons.
- Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young wrote to GPs in March to ask them to “return to seeing patients face-to-face”.
- (ABC News: Christopher Gilette)Chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young says crossing for recreational events, exercise or holidays is not permitted.