Queensland’s border will remain shut to Adelaide for the time being with health officials needing more time to assess the COVID situation there.
The decision will be reviewed again next week, giving some hope to South Australians they will be allowed back into the Sunshine State by Christmas.
Officials had previously only reviewed borders at the end of each month.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszzcuk says there is still some concern about the situation in Adelaide.
“We want to make sure that everything is perfectly safe when we can lift those borders and of course, we do have that aspiration that everyone can travel freely before Christmas,” The Premier said.
“So I’m just asking people to please be patient for another week so they can do some further detailed analysis about that.”
There were no new cases recorded in South Australia today while the cluster in Adelaide’s north remains at 33.
However concerns were raised over the weekend after revelations a person with the virus left quarantine and visited a number of shops.
Health officials there are ramping up testing in a desperate attempt to find any other cases lurking in the community.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says they just need a bit more time to assess things before reopening the border.
“They still are continuing to have cases and continue to have areas of concern,” Dr Young said.
“So most of the states and territories in Australia is still have some limitation on movements from Adelaide to their state, so we will continue that here in Queensland and review it again over the next week and make a decision whether we can lift all of those restrictions with South Australia.”
Meantime the state government has announced the further easing of restrictions on outdoor gatherings.
Numbers for private outdoor gatherings will be lifted from 50 to 100 but will remain at 50 for gatherings at homes.