Queensland’s road border barriers are now in the process of coming down, now that Greater Sydney is no longer declared a hot spot.
From 1.00am today, all of New South Wales is now allowed to travel freely into the Sunshine State, without going into hotel quarantine.
It comes six weeks after the concrete barriers and checkpoints were rushed back into place as a result of the Northern Beaches outbreak.
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At the end of last week, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young decided there was no longer any risk, after Greater Sydney went two weeks without a new local case.
All the other infections recorded in the last month were able to be linked to an existing cluster, satisfying Doctor Young’s 28 day rule.
It’s prompted airlines to re-establish popular flight routes between Sydney and Queensland destinations, with more than 1 million airfares now available.
Queensland tourism leaders are hoping for a bumper Easter holiday period, to make up for the lack of Sydney tourists over the Christmas break.
Gold Coast police will provide an update later this morning as to how border operations on the road will change.
While Greater Sydney is no longer a hotspot, Perth has now been declared one after a security guard tested positive there yesterday.
Anyone in Queensland who’s been in Perth since January 25 is being urged to get tested and isolate until they return a negative result.