Queensland shuts its borders, doubt cast on coming Woz comp
Overnight, the Queensland State government announced it will close its borders to travellers from both NSW and the ACT. The news comes as the state recorded one new case of coronavirus overnight.
Queensland had already closed its borders to travellers from Victoria.
Of the ban, which comes into place at 1am this coming Saturday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, "We cannot risk a second wave. We have to put Queenslanders first."
Health issues aside, the move redresses an imbalance up on the border where QLD surfers could freely visit NSW, but surfers south of the border had to pass checkpoints when heading north, often queueing for hours. As of Sunday, surfers will be confined to their respective states. No more border hopping to follow the swell direction.
Queenslanders who return home after travelling to the southern states will be sent to mandatory hotel quarantine for fourteen days at their own expense. The only exemptions will be essential workers.
In just under a months time, the waiting period begins for the 'Australian Grand Slam' - including a contest at South Straddie - and this news potentially throws a spanner in the Wozzle's cogs. Both contests - the other was at Margaret River, WA - are strike missions with no fixed dates, yet both states have mandatory fourteen day quarantine periods in place.
It's possible surfers may be granted exemptions, though if they're denied by either state government then it's unlikley that particular contest wil continue in its current form.