News Queensland rolls out the welcome mat to everyone except Victorians

Queensland rolls out the welcome mat to everyone except Victorians

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Queensland will put out the welcome mat at midday to everyone except Victorians when the border reopens for the first time in more than three months.

NSW school holiday-makers are expected to make up a large portion of tourists while Victorians have basically been told not to come unless they have spent 14 days out of their state before arriving.

Victoria is in lockdown following a resurgence in COVID-19 with several hundred positive tests in the past few days alone.

Queensland has only two active coronavirus cases, including an 81-year-old man who has battled the illness for more than four months.

If Victorians decide to try their luck, they won’t simply be able to talk their way into Queensland. Police will demand “solid” proof they left their home state at least a fortnight ago.

The state’s borders have been closed since March 25 to stymie the spread of COVID-19 but are being opened as part of the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Victorians at the border can expect to be grilled and asked for proof that they have been on the road for 14 days, Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.

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Victorians trying to get into Queensland will be grilled. Photo: AAP

“We are aware there are already people across the border waiting for our borders to open and we’re anticipating some, or many of them will be Victorians,” he said.

“Some of them may have been in NSW for longer than 14 days, which would allow them into Queensland, but we want some really solid proof.

“Those people will need receipts for accommodation with dates on them, receipts for fuel in NSW.”

He said even photographs would be acceptable but they needed to be taken at identifiable locations.

“Photographs with time and date stamp in an obvious area, in NSW or one of the other states that is not declared a hot spot,” he said.

Police have also worked hard to communicate the proof requirements to Victoria’s grey nomads holidaying in NSW and intending to enjoy Queensland’s warmer winter weather.

“We’ve engaged with our colleagues across the border in NSW, who are getting that message to those individual caravan parks,” he said.

Police intercepted 7800 vehicles between last Friday and 5pm on Wednesday and turned around 238 carrying 312 people.

A total of 818 passengers have been screened at airports with 42 placed in quarantine.

-with AAP