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Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has declared Greater Brisbane a Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot.
This will allow the Queensland Government to access support and will impact travel restrictions. We at Velocity Magazine are expecting to see this development affect the Hi Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour event this weekend and even the Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint next weekend.
“There has been eight in the second cluster and they are both related to the B1 17 variant, the so-called UK strain which we know is a variant of concern and is more transmissible in the community,” Professor Kelly said.
“We also know that they are likely to be too quite separate incursions of this into the Brisbane community and so at this stage they are not connected outbreaks.”
Our own online editor Darin Mandy who is based in the Brisbane LGA is expecting not to be able to travel to Tasmania next week, “I’ve been watching the news and monitoring the Tasmanian Govermnet websites and already it says if you have been in the Brisbane LGA’s its unlikely you’ll be permitted to enter the state.”
On the TAS Govt website it says, “If you have been in any of the below Local Government Areas in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania you will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. If you have identified that you have been in Queensland in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Tasmania, your Tas e-Travel registration will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply to identify if you have been in any of the high-risk areas.”
We’ve heard from those within the Motorsport community that its expected that the New South Wales government may stop travellers from the Brisbane LGA’s attending the Bathurst event, and if you are already in the state you may still be required to isolate. This is still to be confirmed and we are monitoring the authorities websites.
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