Queensland has introduced a very strict new coronavirus rule that could have a huge impact on people who have left the state.
Anyone in Queensland who has visited another state’s exposure site must go into isolation for 14 days, the state’s chief health officer Jeannette Young announced Friday.
She said that “This final step was taken to protect the health and safety of Queensland residents and to protect international travelers coming to Queensland.”
The meaning of the new instruction is:
- If you are entering Queensland and have visited an interstate exposure venue during the specified exposure period, you will be instructed to stay in a government-arranged accommodation for 14 days.
- If you are already in Queensland and have visited the interstate exposure venue during the specified exposure period, you must call 13 Health (13 43 25 84) and explain your situation. You will need to travel to private homes or accommodation and quarantine immediately until you receive further instructions from Queensland Health.
All are encouraged to observe the Queensland Health Interstate Exposure Venue Lists for 14 days of arrival in the State to ensure that no new locations are added. This includes venues in New Zealand.
Interstate exposure sites are listed on each state’s health website and include several restaurants in Western Australia, Terminal number one of Melbourne Airport and a banishment and a food court in Auckland.
Dr. Young says that any of the symptoms, no matter how mild, should come straight and be examined directly.
“Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting and loss of taste or smell.”
“We’ve seen over the last few weeks, we’re still in this epidemic and we can’t be complacent.”
She said that “It’s important that we identify any cases that we may not be aware of as soon as possible through our testing system.”