September 10, 2021

Queensland Health has issued a public alert for contact tracing locations in Sunnybank and Sunnybank Hills.

This follows the news that a 13-year-old student from St Thomas More College at Sunnybank tested positive to COVID-19 on Friday.

Investigations are ongoing, however a Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed the student had been active in the community during their infectious period.

Queensland Health is working with the college and various stakeholders to confirm quarantine and testing requirements for all children, staff and their families.

At this stage, all children, staff and their families have been asked to quarantine at home for 14 days.

From 1:00am on Saturday (September 11), visitors to prisons, hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities will be restricted in the Logan City Council area and in Brisbane City Council (south of the Brisbane River).

Existing mask wearing requirements in south-east Queensland have been extended for another two weeks, to September 24.

UPDATE: A worker at Griffith University, connected to the Sunnybank teenager, has also tested positive. More information about the two latest cases is expected to be released by Queensland Health on Saturday morning. 

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Border Restrictions

Some Queensland border restrictions with NSW will be easing from 1:00am on Monday (September 13).

This follows the decision by the NSW government to ease restrictions in parts of regional NSW.

Essential workers and students will be able to travel between Queensland and 12 Local Government Areas of the New South Wales border zone: Tweed Heads, Ballina, Byron Bay, Moree Plains, Gwydir, Clarence Valley, Inverell, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Tenterfield, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore.

However, individuals from these LGAs must not have travelled to, or been in contact with a person from, locked down areas of NSW during the previous 14 days.

Travel across the border will only be permitted for essential work and essential purposes, which are:

  • To get food or other essential goods or services for household needs or other household purposes
  • To get medical care or supplies or other health care services including a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination (you cannot enter for a walk-in appointment), which cannot reasonably be obtained with NSW
  • To comply with an order to attend a court or tribunal in person in the border zone
  • Donate blood
  • Perform any work that cannot be done from home or to provide emergency volunteering
  • Attend school, tertiary education or childcare
  • Provide assistance, care or support to a vulnerable person or family member or visit a terminally ill relative
  • Fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or contact between siblings
  • In an emergency situation
  • For safety reasons
  • As directed by an emergency officer
  • To follow an exemption granted by the Chief Health Officer.

Travel across the border is not permitted for purposes not outlined above (such as attending weddings and funerals, attending sport matches, recreation activities, visiting family, friends or people in the border zone).

Essential workers who are coming into Queensland from one of the 12 NSW LGAs will be required to have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination (if eligible for vaccination). These individuals will not be required to follow stay-at-home orders when they are back in Queensland.

Students coming into Queensland from one of the 12 LGAs can recommence face-to-face learning. There is no requirement for students to have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at this stage.

These eased restrictions do not allow Queensland residents, or those wishing to move to Queensland, who are currently in NSW to cross the border.

The current restrictions will remain in place for Local Government Areas in NSW that are still required to follow stay-at-home-orders.

In the border zone, this includes the LGAs of Burke, Walgett, Brewarrina and the Unincorporated Far West of NSW.

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