From 1am Wednesday, residents from Byron Bay and Tweed, except essential workers, will be banned from crossing the border, according to Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson.

Those essential workers will need to prove that they are coming into Queensland for work purposes.

It comes as it was announced on Tuesday Byron Bay, Tweed, and Kempsey will all be going into lockdown from 5pm after a COVID positive man travelled to Ballina on a Virgin flight.

“This is another example, just eight days after the border bubble was lifted, you now have a situation where we’re back to square one,” Mr Gleeson told Sky News Australia.

“And of course, we saw that man on September 18 to 20 in and around that Byron Bay-Tweed area, there was a number of examples of where that particular person was out and about within the community.

“So, there is a genuine concern in Queensland and of course, what that means for those people in northern New South Wales is that you cannot, repeat cannot, come into Queensland unless you have that essential services pass.”

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