QLD names two NSW locations COVID-19 'hotspots', proposes jail time for breaching health directions
14 July 2020, Written by David Simmons
Two areas in NSW have been named COVID-19 'hotspots' by Queensland Health this morning as the outbreak from the Crossroads Hotel begins to cause concern.
The town of Campbelltown and the Sydney suburb of Liverpool have been declared as COVID-19 hotspots, meaning from midday today any person returning to Queensland that has been to one of those locations must quarantine in a hotel for two weeks.
The Crossroads Hotel is located in Casula, just south from Liverpool and north from Campbelltown, a town on the fringe of greater Sydney.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young has also confirmed that there are 18 people in Queensland who have visited the Crossroads Hotel.
All 18 have been tested and are awaiting the results of the tests.
Yesterday, NSW confirmed that there are 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the Crossroads Hotel.
Further, the Queensland Government has proposed stronger punishments for those breaching public health directions like self-isolating, hotel quarantine and other restrictions.
The new proposed maximum penalty will be $4,003 or up to six months imprisonment.
"I hope that will demonstrate to the public just how serious we are about enforcing these measures," says Queensland Minister for Health Dr Steven Miles.
Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 today.
Updated at 10:20am AEST on 14 July 2020.
Author: David Simmons