Queensland pauses arrivals from NSW, ACT, Vic for two weeks

Queensland has suspended hotel quarantine for the next two weeks because the system is struggling to cope as thousands of people relocate to the Sunshine State.

There are more than 5,000 people being housed inside 22 quarantine hotels with 3,257 from interstate and 1,857 from overseas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “we are scrambling for hotels and this has got to stop”.

“It’s too much pressure so we have to put a pause, it’s putting our workers at risk and it’s also putting our community at risk as well.”

During the pause anyone arriving in Queensland from a hotspot will not be allowed in unless they have a special exemption from the chief health officer.