Queensland has responded to the growing Northern Beaches cluster by moving to impose strict quarantine protocols for people arriving in the state.

Any resident travelling to Queensland from the Northern Beaches will be subject to a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.

The rule comes into effect from 1am on Saturday morning, with travellers forced to foot the bills for their hotel quarantine stays.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young announced the rules on Friday morning in response to the growing cluster in Sydney.

“Anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region on or since Friday 11 December and arrives in Queensland on a flight from Sydney after 1am Saturday 19 December 2020 must go into hotel quarantine at their own expense for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches, and get tested,” Dr Young announced in a statement.

On Friday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that the cluster had grown by 10 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed, linked cases to 28.