Queenslanders and Sydneysiders considering an Easter holiday in the Tweed need to cancel their plans, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest has warned.

“There is growing concern in regional NSW that people from the cities are planning Easter holidays in places like the Tweed in the mistaken belief that regional areas are safer and that there are fewer restrictions,” Mr Provest said.

“The Tweed will not tolerate coronavirus tourism. Non-essential travel, and that definitely includes holidaying, is now against the law.”

“Now that international visitors are forcefully quarantined, the main concern is community transmission and that happens when people travel.”

The National Cabinet has asked all Australians to stay at home unless they are shopping for essentials, are receiving medical care, are undertaking daily exercise or attending work or school, which is now enforced by law.

Mr Provest said that to slow the spread people need to stay 1.5 metres away from others, cancel social gatherings, wash their hands frequently and to self-isolate if they are sick.

“That is the only way we’ll beat this thing, that is the only way life will get back to normal,” Mr Provest said.

“Help is available to people across regional NSW, particularly people who are isolated and the elderly. If you need a hand call the NSW Government’s COVID-19 hotline on      13 77 88.”

For the latest information and advice about the coronavirus go to: www.nsw.gov.au