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Streets blockaded, police out in force as Queensland seals border

Streets blockaded, police out in force as Queensland seals border
Unauthorised travellers who try to enter Queensland by road, air or sea will be turned around at their own expense under tough new border controls.
The Queensland/NSW border has been closed for a week but travel restrictions to limit coronavirus importations stepped up a gear overnight.
Returning Queenslanders are being let in, along with freight services.
Only Queenslanders and those with a valid permit stating they have essential business are being let across the border. (9News)
New barriers have been set up to close off some streets, to preventing people from avoiding border checks. (9News)
Anyone else must hold a government permit proving they are travelling for essential reasons, such as work or medical appointments.
Water barriers and check points have been stepped up at Coolangatta, the Gold Coast's southernmost suburb.
And water barriers have been used to close off some streets to stop people trying to avoid checkpoints.
There's also an increased police presence at the Brisbane airport.
Non-residents who don't have an entry permit will not be allowed to leave the airport, and will be returned to their point of origin on the next available flight.
Australia has now recorded more than 5100 coronavirus cases, including 24 deaths.
Residents are accustomed to passing freely between NSW and Queensland at the border town of Coolangatta. (9News)
Queensland's tally stands at 835 cases, and four Queenslanders have died.
The premier has warned of a tough six months ahead, as Queenslanders deal with rules that urge them not to leave their homes unless it's truly necessary.
But Annastacia Palaszczuk has pulled back slightly on the prime minister's advice that households must limit visitors to just one non-resident at a time.
"You can have two additional people to your house, and when you go outside you can only have two people," Ms Palaszczuk said on Thursday.
"Don't have strangers to your house, so I think if everyone abides by those rules we'll be okay."
The state is also closing most national parks, walking tracks and 4WD areas.
The parks will be closed to the public, along with hiking tracks, picnic areas, camping areas, swimming holes and lookouts from Friday.
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