Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Queensland imposes state border restrictions from midnight Wednesday due to coronavirus crisis

Queensland imposes state border restrictions from midnight Wednesday due to coronavirus crisis

In a statement this morning, the QTU executive said it had lost confidence in the Queensland Government's decision making as schools and TAFEs remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials are working with airlines to ensure passengers know what will happen when they arrive in Queensland before they board flights. "This is the season to stay at home with your family", she said.

'As far as possible, they should be staying in their suburbs and as much as possible staying at home'.

Travel for all other purposes is highly discouraged.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the package includes a $1.2 billion to double Queensland's intensive care capacity and triple its emergency department capacity.

"Now, that is a big problem, because if we have people who are coming here, who have the coronavirus, we do not have the resources to spend on contact tracing all of those people and checking up on where they are staying under a 14-day so quarantine".

The money will also boost the 13 HEALTH phone service and continue non-urgent elective surgeries where possible.

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"Combined with the payroll tax deferrals we've already announced, it means no Queensland business impacted by COVID-19 will need to make a payroll tax payment this year".

"We're waiving liquor licencing fees for venues that have had to close their doors, providing rent relief for businesses who rent premises from the state government and giving sole traders, small and medium businesses a $500 rebate on their power bill for this year", Ms Trad said.

That figure will rise as further restrictions on movement are announced.

Large businesses particularly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will also get refunds, with all businesses set to get a six month deferral of payroll tax as well.

More than 12,000 businesses will also get a tax holiday for the next three months.

A $500 million fund will be set up to help displaced workers find jobs in fields where there will be demand, like cleaning, fruit picking and other public goal jobs.

Planning is underway to address potential patient overflow at the state's hospitals, with an announcement expected later in the week.

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