December 10, 2021

Queensland Health has issued an alert for new COVID-19 tracing locations on the Gold Coast after confirmation of six new cases who have been infectious in the community.

The alert covers sites at Ashmore, Broadbeach, Currumbin Waters, Elanora, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Tugun.

The six new cases are:

  • A man aged in his 20s who recently moved from NSW, and a woman who is a close contact
  • A man who recently visited Byron Bay
  • A woman who works near the border, her partner and child. The child is a student at Broadbeach State School

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it could be assumed there was transmission happening across the Gold Coast.

She urged Coast residents to wear masks when they cannot socially distance and to ensure they always use the Check In Qld app.

Queensland Health urged all residents – no matter where they lived – to get tested immediately if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild.

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Police have reminded residents that Queensland’s State border restrictions are easing on Monday, allowing travellers from COVID-19 domestic hotspots to enter the State without having to quarantine.

From 1:00am on December 13, anyone entering Queensland from domestic hotspots such as NSW and Victoria will have to complete a border declaration pass.

Travellers can arrive by road or air provided they are fully vaccinated and can provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the previous 72 hours.

They will also have to obtain a COVID-19 test on Day 5 after their arrival.

Travellers must receive a negative COVID-19 result before applying for a border pass, unless they live within the border zone area.

Residents living in the declared border zone will be able to move freely across the border without the need for a PCR test, however, they will still need to be vaccinated and have a valid border pass.

Unvaccinated border zone residents will be restricted to travel for essential reasons.

New border passes can be obtained online from midnight on Sunday.

Police have warned that extensive delays are expected at State border crossings on Monday and Tuesday (December 13-14) as large numbers of returning Queensland residents and travellers are expected.

Police will be conducting compliance activities at the road border checkpoints and motorists may be intercepted for verification of their declaration pass and supporting evidence.

Police have recommended that people have their border pass printed and clearly on display on their windscreens, consider travelling outside peak periods, plan for delays exceeding 60 minutes at high peak times, and remain patient and follow signs and police directions.

People who try to cross the border without a valid pass will be turned around.

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