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Queensland Closes Border to Interstate Fly-In Fly-Out Workers

As of midnight April 4, Queenslands borders will be closed to all non-critical fly-in-fly-out resource sector employees who work in Queensland but live interstate, as the government seeks to protect regional and remote communities from the COVID-19 disease.

Mines Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham announced the decision in a statement on March 31. “The resources sector is essential to maintaining a strong Australian economy.

“It is critical that we move now to prevent people who may have been exposed to the virus bringing it to Queensland.

“Queensland has no known cases in our remote regional communities, and restricting these workers from entering the state will remove a possible transmission route,” he said.

Exemptions will be granted to “critical resource sector workers” who are essential to safety, operations, and time-critical work. Examples include workers required to conduct safety maintenance and compliance activities; workers involved in the implementation of emergency response; workers who must hold a competency to undertake a task; workers employed in technical operations, maintenance and repair, essential construction, warehousing and logistics; specialist technicians; and medical service workers.

“Exempting critical people will ensure that resources projects can continue to produce the mineral and energy resources we need,” said Lynham. “Most importantly, these critical people will ensure projects operate safely for the workers on site.”

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Queensland police at stop vehicles at a police checkpoint at the Queensland and New South Wales borders on March 26, 2020. Interstate visitors will be turned back starting midnight on April 4, 2020. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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