Queensland will close its border to the entire state of New South Wales on Friday amid an escalating coronavirus situation.

From 1am Friday 23 July, NSW residents, including those just across the border in Queanbeyan and Yass, will no longer be welcome into the Sunshine State.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the new border restrictions will not apply to residents of the ACT.

“Given the ACT hasn’t recorded a locally acquired case in more than a year and has no active cases, we have chosen not to declare ACT a hotspot at this time.”

However, Dr Young warned that could change at any time.

“We are monitoring the situation closely given its proximity to NSW, and if we do see the risk or cases spread into the ACT, we won’t hesitate to declare it a hotspot.”

While travel between the ACT and QLD remains open, local health authorities are still encouraging Canberrans to reconsider the need to travel interstate at all at this time.

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