Dr Kristiana Pederick at the North Mackay COVID-19 testing clinic. Picture: Melanie Whiting
Dr Kristiana Pederick at the North Mackay COVID-19 testing clinic. Picture: Melanie Whiting

What the latest border closures mean for Mackay

TO help get your head around the latest Queensland border restrictions, the Daily Mercury has put together a handy guide that should answer most, if not, all of your most pressing questions:

 

What do the latest border restrictions mean for Mackay?

When it comes to border rules, Mackay residents are in the same boat as the rest of their fellow Queenslanders.

Any person who has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria and Greater Sydney, must not enter Queensland.

Those who are travelling from other Australian States or Territories - excluding Victoria and declared hot spots - are allowed to enter Queensland if they complete and sign a border declaration and agree to take a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.

Cartoonist Harry Bruce takes a swipe at the coronavirus conspiracy theories that have popped up in Mackay.
Cartoonist Harry Bruce takes a swipe at the coronavirus conspiracy theories that have popped up in Mackay.

Are there any exceptions to this?

Yes. The only exceptions, which are subject to strict conditions, include:

- A Queensland resident returning home who will be subject to government directed quarantine

- A person entering to perform an essential activity listed in the Chief Health Officer's border restrictions direction

- A person listed in other limited categories as listed in the Chief Health Officer's border restrictions direction

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Do Mackay residents need a border pass to enter Queensland?

Yes. Any person entering Queensland must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before entering, including freight transport drivers who were previously exempt.

Border passes are valid for seven days only.

A separate border declaration pass is required for each individual, including children.

What if a Mackay resident wants to return home after visiting a hot spot?

Any person who has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot within the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they are:

- A Queensland resident returning home, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost

- A person performing an essential activity (essential activities are determined by the Chief Health Officer and are limited to national defence and security, emergency services, freight transport, time critical specialist workers, or airline or maritime crew)

- A person required for court, tribunal or law enforcement purposes in Queensland, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost

- A person transiting through a Queensland airport without leaving the airport or quarantines until the time of their flight to leave Queensland

- A person escaping an immediate serious threat to their safety, e.g. sexual or domestic violence or accessing domestic and family violence support services

- Higher education and boarding school students and staff members, including a parent or guardian accompanying a student who is a minor, subject to government directed quarantine at their own cost

 

What if a Mackay resident wants to return from overseas?

If you are a Queensland resident returning to Queensland from overseas, you must quarantine for 14 days.

 

Where are the declared COVID-19 hot spots?

You can find a full list here.

 

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Where can I get a COVID-19 test locally?

Mackay: North Mackay Respiratory Clinic, Central Drive, Andergrove

Opening hours: Monday - 8.30am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday - 8.30am to 12pm, Saturday - 10am to 1pm By appointment only

Phone: 4863 1273

Dawson MP George Christensen, Health on Central GP Dr Nicole Higgins and Dr Kristiana Pederick at the front desk of the North Mackay COVID-19 testing clinic: Picture: Melanie Whiting
Dawson MP George Christensen, Health on Central GP Dr Nicole Higgins and Dr Kristiana Pederick at the front desk of the North Mackay COVID-19 testing clinic: Picture: Melanie Whiting

Moranbah: Vanguard Health Testing Centre, 146 Mills Avenue, Moranbah

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week

Phone: 1800 980 574

Appointment essential

 

Bowen: Vanguard Health Testing Centre, 53 Gregory Street, Bowen

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, 7 days per week

Phone: 1800 980 574

Appointment essential

 

Whitsunday: Whitsunday Respiratory Clinic, 48/226 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale

Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 1pm to 5pm

Phone: 4804 5664

Appointment essential

 

Information sourced from Queensland Health website


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