Queensland has recorded one new cases of coronavirus as the Premier prepares to face frustrated tourism operators on the Gold Coast.
A Cairns woman who had been a passenger on the Ruby Princess is the latest to test positive.
Officials are still determining exactly where she may have contracted the virus, but believe it was likely from the cruise ship.
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It takes the State’s total to 1057 however, only 12 of those are currently active.
The Premier and Tourism Minister Kate Jones are on the Gold Coast today to meet with tourism bosses and operators, Mayor Tom Tate and a range of employers.
The pandemic has already cost the Gold Coast billions of dollars ,with tourism bosses warning a prolonged border closure will cripple the industry even more and make the recovery even more difficult.
“It’s really important that we’re here listening to the views of Gold Coast and I know that people want to get up and running as quickly as possible, but we need to do it in a safe and measured way,” Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“It is absolutely vital that we do it in the safest way possible, making sure that we listen to the expert advice which is, of course, from Dr Young, but also listening to the views of people here on the Gold Coast.”
“I know how important tourism is, but tourism world-wide is struggling at the moment, it’s not just Queensland, it’s not just Australia, it’s world-wide and I want to see things opened as quickly as possible.
“But we must do it in the safest way to be and that is why we will continue to listen to the expert advice.”
The Premier insists today’s trip to the Gold Coast isn’t just a token visit, with growing calls for her to get out and about and see the damage being done to the Glitter Strip for herself.
“I love the Gold Coast, I love coming down here I mean look honestly we want the best for everyone, we’re meeting as many people as possible, we’re out and about talking to people and listening and that’s what Queenslanders expect us to do.”
Struggling tourism operators on the Gold Coast are pleading with the Premier to stick to the July border re-opening that was originally flagged in the Government’s recovery roadmap.
It comes after Annastacia Palaszczuk signalled that September would be a more likely scenario, which Destination Gold Coast warns would cost the local economy another $500 million.
“Let me say this very clearly, these are very hard decisions everyone, I mean I have sleepless nights, I understand people are hurting I understand people have lost their jobs I want to get people back into work as quickly as possible, but if I don’t do it safely it could cripple our industry for years to come and take us backwards.”
The Premier insists the border closure will be reviewed at the end of each month, but has ruled out any hopes that the State might be reopened earlier than July.
“It would be highly unlikely considering there are 362 active cases in New South Wales, so the Chief Health Officer will provide me with very clear advice but the last thing we want to see is everything we’ve done in Queensland put at risk because there is active transmission in New South Wales and Victoria.”
Ms Palaszczuk has again signalled that cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs will likely be allowed more than 20 customers flagged in State Two of the recovery from June 13.
The Premier confirmed on Monday that they will consider allowing up to 50 people if they have COVID-safe plans in place.
A decision will be made on Sunday.