Unvaccinated interstate truckies planning to enter Queensland from NSW can breathe again – for now.
Truckies are not included in the group of essential workers whom Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was referring to earlier today when decreeing they must have at least one jab before Friday in order to enter the state.
In a bulletin released this evening, Transport and Main Roads confirmed that freight and logistics operators can continue to operate under the existing Queensland Freight Protocol and NSW border zone arrangements without changes.
There are, however, now additional NSW affected areas added to the freight protocol.
The affected areas are:
Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith (Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys).
Freight and logistics workers entering Queensland who have left the confines of the heavy vehicle in an affected area, require a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass (F Pass) to enter Queensland.
They also must have received a negative Covid-19 test result in the seven days prior to entering Queensland, and must also be able to provide evidence of a test being undertaken in the 72 hours immediately prior to entering Queensland. Furthermore, must maintain a rolling three-day testing cycle until they leave Queensland or 14 days have passed since they were in the affected area, whichever is shorter.