A new joint Queensland Government and industry taskforce has met to ensure the supply of food and other essential goods for Queensland during COVID-19.
Chaired by Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick, the Essential Goods Supply Committee brought together senior government and industry executives to provide more information to industry, business and workers about the border closure declaration that came into effect at midnight.
The committee was convened two weeks ago to ensure food and other supply chains keep flowing into Queensland during this emergency event.
Wednesday's meeting included a briefing from Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young and Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Neil Scales.
Mr Dick said the Queensland Government was committed to working with industry on practical and pragmatic approaches and solutions to keep supply chains moving.
"We discussed critical issues including border controls, keeping workplaces healthy and safe and managing industry concerns regarding traveling across Queensland's borders, so we can keep our communities healthy," he said.
"With the aim of limiting the spread of COVID-19, Queensland Transport is working closely with Queensland Police and RACQ to manage the necessary border checkpoints."
Mr Dick urged those needing to travel across the border to be patient as there may be some delays as part of the settling in period.
"We don't want to prevent trade and commerce, however, we are minimising the risks for Queensland industry, business and communities," Mr Dick said.
Some businesses are concerned about what to do should they discover they may have had a transmission in the workplace. If this occurs contact their local public health service or phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time.
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