As flights still arrive in Mount Isa from the coast of Queensland, the risk of COVID-19 entering the north west remains alive.
Flying from Brisbane to Mount Isa this morning on Tuesday March 31 was mines FIFO worker Nathan Perry who said his journey is now different.
"On the way out here there was definitely people getting temperature checks but only for about ten people, they didn't check me and I was allowed to get straight through," Mr Perry said.
"It was the same in the opposite direction as well for people who were arriving in Brisbane but also probably only about ten people."
Mr Perry said Brisbane Airport was a lot quieter than usual.
"The whole feeling of the place was different and there was loads of police standing around waiting for something to do," he said.
"All of the Qantas staff were wearing face masks and gloves and everyone keeping a noticeable distance from each other.
"It is crazy times though, I sneezed on the plane and a few people gave me odd looks.
"Hopefully all of this calms down as soon as possible and we can get back to normal life."
KAP Leader and Traeger MP Robbie Katter said the mining industry could destroy its social licence to operate if FIFO continues unchecked.
Mr Katter said mining communities were furious FIFO was allowed to continue amid the perceived lack of government and industry efforts to safeguard the towns put at risk.
"While I would prefer a total ban on FIFO, at the very least the government should be enforcing strict protocols that provide these communities with some sense of surety that the mining companies are acting responsibility whilst they are still being able to operate," Mr Katter said.
"My office is getting anecdotal reports coming in daily of mine workers flying into site and working with locals, after coming in from all over the country."