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Visitors urged to carry masks while in Balonne Shire


Travellers passing through the Balonne Shire are being asked to have their face masks ready, considering the current COVID-19 situation in Australia’s major cities.

With contact tracing and hotspot alerts active - along with a suite of restrictions, mask mandates, and stay-at-home orders for certain areas - Balonne Shire Council is emphasising the importance of staying COVID-safe.

Balonne Shire is subject to restrictions on indoor settings and private gatherings as per Queensland Health directions.

Further to that, anyone currently in the Balonne Shire who has been in South East Queensland during the past 14 days must wear a face mask in line with the restrictions on Local Government Areas in the region.

Mayor Samantha O’Toole is encouraging visitors and locals who have been in the South East recently to have their masks at hand.

“We are still welcoming travellers from the South East; all we ask is that you wear your mask and keep up good hygiene – they are common sense measures that will protect you and our vulnerable communities from COVID-19,” she said.

“The same advice applies to our own residents if they have been in any of the 11 South East Queensland Local Government Areas over the past two weeks.”

Large volumes of travellers are flowing through the Balonne Shire, and many are arriving from South East Queensland or from southern states.

Some travellers may be subject to the New South Wales stay at home order, while others may need to monitor their health and check if they have recently visited any interstate exposure venues in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, or New Zealand.

For up to date information on COVID-19 in Queensland, visit the Queensland Health website.

Published: 28th June 2021

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