Queensland Police have revealed a Sydney man lied on his border declaration pass as he attempted to enter Queensland on Friday morning.
Speaking on ABC Radio, Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the man from Fairfield in Sydney’s southwest had tried to enter the state via the Coolangatta border checkpoint.
Mr Gollschewski said it was about the 16th time a $4003 fine was issued for providing false information on a border declaration.
“We’ve issued over 2100 fines for people not doing the right thing since COVID started,” he said.
More than a million people from the 34 local government areas in Greater Sydney will be barred from entering the state from 1am on Saturday morning. All Victorian residents remain banned from Queensland.
Any Queenslanders wishing to return to the state from either Greater Sydney or Victoria will need to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Residents from other parts of New South Wales and other states will need to update their border declaration pass. Police are strongly urging people living in the Tweed/Coolangatta area to ensure they have the most up-to-date pass.
“Particularly our border residents will be impacted by the changing declaration … it will become void, and you will have to apply for a new one,” Mr Gollschewski said.
Mr Gollschewski said the border “honour system” had come under fire following the trio at the centre of the state’s coronavirus panic allegedly lying to police upon returning to Queensland last week, but for the most part it was working.
“There are always going to be those deliberately trying to deceive,” he said.
“And of course there are going to be instances when things get through … that’s why we need our social distancing and rapid response.”
Mr Gollschewski said lengthy delays were expected as police processed interstate visitors and Queenslanders returning.
Push notifications have been sent to current holders of a border declaration pass in an attempt to speed up the process.
The 34 local government areas barred from entry to Queensland will join the entire state of Victoria as declared COVID hot spots.
- Blacktown City
- Blue Mountains City
- Campbelltown City
- Canada Bay City
- Central Coast
- Fairfield City
- Georges River
- Hawkesbury City
- Hornsby Shire
- Hunter’s Hill Municipality
- Inner West
- Lane Cove Municipality
- Liverpool City
- Mosman Municipality
- North Sydney
- Northern beaches
- Parramatta City
- Penrith City
- Randwick City
- Ryde City
- Strathfield Municipality
- Sutherland Shire
- Sydney City
- The Hills Shire
- Willoughby City
- Wollondilly Shire
- Woollahra City