June 1, 2020
Travel restrictions are being eased for Cherbourg residents from 7:00am on Tuesday (June 2).
This follows a teleconference on Monday between Cherbourg Mayor Elvie Sandow, CEO Chatur Zala and Cherbourg Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) members with the Gympie District Disaster Management Group and biosecurity doctors.
The local team successfully negotiated that from Tuesday, Cherbourg residents can travel out of the community every day (seven days a week) from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Multiple trips are allowed and there is no limit on the number of passengers in vehicles.
However, people travelling out of the community MUST return on the same day.
Also, travel to COVID-19 hotspots is not allowed, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Self-quarantine conditions still apply, but this can now take place in Cherbourg.
The arrangements will be reviewed every 24 hours.
Travel restrictions for visitors into the community will remain the same for the time being.
At the checkpoint on Cherbourg Road, police and members of the Australian Defence Force are assisting Queensland Health employees in checking people and vehicles entering Cherbourg to ensure motorists are complying with entry conditions.
Cherbourg Mayor, Elvie Sandow said no cases of COVID-19 in the community was largely due to everyone doing the right thing.
“There is still no COVID-19 in our community, and there has not been a case in Gympie or South Burnett for a number of weeks,” Mayor Sandow said.
“There are still hot spots in parts of Brisbane and Gold Coast.
“In general, Queensland has seen a decline in the number of cases reported.
“It is always important to remember that when outside of community you maintain social distancing and wash your hands often.
“We do not want to bring the virus into our community.
“Remember, these restrictions are to limit any possible exposure to the virus. In this case, we have to stay apart to work together.
“We are doing this for all the community, especially the Elders and the very young people.
“If we stick to the rules, Cherbourg can continue to be an example to the rest of Queensland.”
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