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Rethink your trip: Plan ahead for COVID-19 these holidays


Balonne families looking to make a getaway for school holidays are being reminded to check all relevant travel advice before they hit the road.

Heightened COVID-19 restrictions, lockdowns, and the introduction of travel declarations mean some destinations may be out of reach during the holiday period, while others may come with added challenges when trying to return home to the Balonne Shire.

Mayor Samantha O’Toole is urging any prospective travellers to thoroughly read and understand the advice for their chosen destination, particularly if they are heading interstate or to South East Queensland over the coming weeks.

“We know a lot of locals families would have been planning to travel outside of the Balonne Shire these school holidays. For some it may be safer to stay home, but the most important thing for those who are going away is to make sure you can return safely,” she said.

“Before you leave, make sure you’re not travelling to or through a declared hotspot, keep up to date on any potential exposure venues along your journey, and find out if you need a border pass or a travel declaration.”

Those who choose to travel should be stringent with personal hygiene. Carrying face masks is also recommended for further protection.

For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, always visit the Queensland Health website.

Published: 29th June 2021

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