Struggling local business owners and residents will have to wait another three days to find out if and when the Queensland border will reopen.
Speaking for the first time since yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting with the Prime Minister, the Queensland Premier confirmed the announcement on borders will be made on Tuesday.
“We had a really good and productive cabinet meeting and our easing of restrictions is scheduled for July 10, and we will be making further comments at the end of the month as of course we have the border review,” Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
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When quizzed about what date the Premier was planning on making the border announcement, Ms Palaszczuk confirmed June 30.
“We are looking at opening Queensland up faster, so we will be making an announcement on Tuesday”, Ms Palaszczuk said.
However, the Premier did admit that the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria is the “number one area of concern”.
“First and foremost, there is national concern about the situation in Victoria, we’re sending assistance, I know other states are sending assistance, and Victoria has responded very quickly and everyone is trying to get on top of those cases of community transmission,” the Premier said.
“That’s a really important issue because we don’t want a second wave and we don’t want that community transmission here.
“But, having said that, we are going to give everything serious consideration and the Chief Health Officer will be providing the Government with her advice and we will be taking on that advice.
“So lets not preempt anything, but I also know there is a meeting happening today nationally looking at whats happening in Victoria, so it is something that people are concerned about.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she is however “encouraged” by the fact that Queensland was able to open up a lot faster than other states.
“What that means is if we can get our economy and our society back to some sort of normality faster in this new COVID-Safe world, I think Queensland would really want to see that first.”
The Premier also confirmed today that Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young was considering the ‘two square metre rule’ announced by Scott Morrison following National Cabinet yesterday.
It comes as Queensland recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
There are now just two active cases of COVID-19 across the whole state, with one of those here on the Gold Coast.
The State total remains at 1067.