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Two travelers from New South Wales breached their home quarantine orders after traveling to Queensland amid increasingly stringent border restrictions.

As of 1 a.m. today, Queensland declared Greater Sydney an access point, which means that anyone wishing to travel between states must be quarantined for 14 days.

Queenslanders who wish to return home have until 1 am Tuesday to get home or will also be forced to quarantine for two weeks.

Assistant Commissioner Shane Chelepy says today that there are two more people who have violated quarantine rules after arriving in Queensland. December 21, 2020. (Today)

“This is pretty serious,” Queensland Assistance Commissioner Shane Chelepy told Today.

“We have now had four people violate those quarantine orders. Queensland residents are being given the opportunity to return to Queensland and quarantine before Christmas and we really need those people to do the right thing.

“If they are not, and we find out that they are blatantly ignoring that order, they will be fined, they will be put into hotel quarantine.”

Thousands of people have already applied for border passes as the hordes return home to visit family and friends five days before Christmas.

Commissioner Chelepy said car lines are already building up at key border checkpoints in the state.

“The traffic on the Gold Coast Highway has been quite moderate and we have already had to turn away several people who have traveled from hot spots when they shouldn’t have and we have also quarantined some people.

“More than 130,000 people have already applied for our Queensland border pass to return to Queensland.

“So we have already set up some checkpoints, our main checkpoints are on our high-volume roads like the M1 and the Gold Coast Highway.

“We have police at all national airports. Only yesterday we met with 44 flights with more than 7,000 people passing through those airports, so we are ready to go.”

Queensland health authorities have also issued a strong warning to businesses across the state to ensure that COVID safety and social distancing rules are adhered to.

Queenslanders are also advised to take extra care during the holiday period.

Large queues have already started to form following the introduction of new border restrictions at the New South Wales-Queensland border. December 21, 2020. (9News)

“Complacency is not our friend at this time,” Commissioner Chelepy said.

“If you can’t socially distance yourself in those areas, you have to leave those places or put on a mask.

“People enjoy their freedom as of the moment, they enjoy the activities they can do and we can only do it if everyone does the right thing.”

“If people blatantly ignore these rules, we will take action.”


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