Queensland has announced it will close its borders to NSW from Friday as numbers from the Sydney Covid cluster continues to climb.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said travel between the two states will be banned from 1am, July 23.
NSW residents who live in the border zone will be able to travel into Queensland for limited reasons, including healthcare, work, education, essential shopping and caring for vulnerable people.
The Queensland border will remain open to ACT residents, Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young confirmed.
Dr Young praised the ACT for its management of the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, with the state recording another 124 cases overnight.
Queensland recorded zero cases of coronavirus overnight, there are 31 active cases of COVID-19 in the state.
BREAKING: Queensland’s border with New South Wales will close from 1am Friday to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 22, 2021
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Queensland residents will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for limited essential reasons, but not further than the border zone, health officials have advised.
Queensland residents can return from non-border zone locations in NSW, but will need to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine.