10 people in mandatory quarantine in Roma motel.
10 people in mandatory quarantine in Roma motel.

More travellers in mandatory quarantine inside a Roma motel

THE number of travellers undergoing mandatory quarantine at a Roma motel has grown to 10 only days after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk enacted hardline restrictions on Victorians arriving in the sunshine state.

Inspector Ray Vine from the Roma Patrol Group confirmed the motel being used to quarantine travellers had several arrivals on Thursday, bringing the total from two to 10.

“Queensland Health continues to provide ongoing support to those in quarantine and the police will be maintaining a 24/7 security presence until all persons are discharged,” he said.

“I would like to reassure the community that there is a well developed joint agency response in place to ensure there is no risk to anyone in Roma.

“We’re working very hard to ensure the welfare of those in quarantine and to keep Western Queensland COVID free.

“It’s likely we will see an increase in travellers to Roma and surrounding communities with border restrictions eased which will be a positive step forward for economic recovery.”

Queensland’s borders opened at 12pm on Friday, July 10, with exception to anyone from Victoria, returned from overseas or has been in a COVID hotspot in the past 14 days.

“The latest changes mean that anyone who has been to a COVID hotspot, which is currently the entire state of Victoria in the preceding 14 days will not be allowed entry into Queensland at all,” Insp Vine said.

“There are a small number of exceptions, including Queensland residents, but they will need to enter mandatory quarantine if they have returned from a hotspot.”

Insp Vine said a significant number of people crossed the southwest border into Queensland yesterday.

“Friday saw a significant increase in border crossings in the southwest, with approximately 800 vehicles crossing at Mungindi and Hebel between 12-5pm,” he said.

“More than 50 vehicles were turned around due to having come from a hotspot.

“The work being conducted at the border by the Queensland Police Service and Australian Defence Force has been a significant factor in Queensland’s success in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”