Crowds on Hasting St are expected to test our COVID-Safe best practices.
Crowds on Hasting St are expected to test our COVID-Safe best practices.

Health warning as visitors flow in for long weekend

A rush of long weekend visitors has health and tourism authorities warning Coast residents not to let their guard down against the spread of the coronavirus.

Tourism Noosa wants traders and the accommodation sector to operate their businesses safely as the holiday crowds descend.

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"With the impact of last Saturday's NSW and ACT border closure, this weekend's People's Day long weekend in Brisbane, Gold Coast and some other areas looks like it will be a great boost for our region," the peak tourist body said in its latest advisory to members.

"The expected influx of visitors is a timely reminder that all businesses in Noosa must ensure they are adhering to COVID-Safe practices to protect your own staff and business, your customers and guests, and the Noosa community."

It comes after Queensland recorded two new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. One is a returned traveller from Sydney while the other is on a cargo ship.

It's understood the ship is located somewhere off Townsville.

Noosa Council is also warning against complacency in the wake of the coronavirus emergency response associated with the arrest of two teenage girls who travelled from New South Wales.

It follows a cluster of more than 20 positive tests in Noosa Heads earlier this year.

Mayor Clare Stewart said the most recent scare was a reminder the region was not immune to the virus.

"The Ekka is set to create an enormous boost to our economy, businesses are bracing for a very busy one," she said.

Trying to stay safe Hastings Street and Noosa in these pandemic times.
Trying to stay safe Hastings Street and Noosa in these pandemic times.

"However we can all help by continuing to buy local and the advice from the experts … if it's crowded take the necessary precautions.

"As we head into a long weekend it's important we stay calm, get tested if you feel unwell and have faith in what the authorities are doing."

The council's environmental health co-ordinator Sunil Kushor reinforced the safety message for the long weekend.

"It comes down to how each one of us responds in terms of making sure that we are safe and that we're keeping other people safe," he said.

"Avoiding large crowds and staying within your bubble is important.

"That bubble is your family of close friends that is known to you.

"It's best to stay within those bubbles during those high traffic times."

He said everybody needed to adopt the standard protective behaviours of hand sanitising, washing hands regularly, keeping their social distance and if anyone was feeling unwell, go and get tested.

"There's onsite testing now available at The J, you can walk in and get tested," he said.