Some relief for communities straddling the Queensland and NSW border, with the State Government confirming the ‘border bubble’ will be reinstated.
However, not everyone will be allowed to cross, with only students and essential workers from the 12 NSW LGAs where restrictions have eased being given the green light to enter the state.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new arrangements will come into effect from 1am on Monday, in order to allow authorities to adjust the border pass processes.
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“It’s basically going back to that border bubble that we had previously,” the Premier said.
“So this is going to be great news for those local communities and will ease some of the pressures along our border, but we will be monitoring it very closely”.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said border zone residents will also be allowed to cross the border for essential shopping, for healthcare or to care for someone who is vulnerable.
“We know how hard these strict border arrangements have been on our border communities and we thank them for what they have done to help keep the Delta strain out of Queensland,” he said.
The decision to reinstate the border bubble comes after the Cross Border Commissioner and Queensland’s Disaster Coordinator held talks overnight following the lifting of the lockdown in the Northern Rivers.
BREAKING: From 1am Monday 13 September, students and essential workers will be able to travel into Queensland from the 12 New South Wales Local Government Areas where restrictions have eased.
An essential worker is someone who cannot work from home. pic.twitter.com/ibUXx5DxU5
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 10, 2021
Mr Miles said it would not have been possible without the help of “our border Mayors”.
“I want to thank our border Mayors who have worked with us on implementing this, in particular Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who has provided a range of useful advice about how it is affecting those communities,” the Deputy Premier said.
Those wanting to cross back and forth will be required to have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Anyone who needs to cross the border for work, because they cannot reasonably do so from home, will need to have had at least one dose of vaccine, and that applies both ways,” Dr Young said.
“Queenslanders who meet one of the reasons to cross the border can go down into NSW, and similarly, people in those LGAs can come up into Queensland.
“But it is really important those people in NSW haven’t had visitors from any of the lockdown areas in the prior 14 days, which they shouldn’t have had”.
In the past 24 hours, more than 140 people have been turned away at the border, with police being forced to issue two on-the-spot fines.