QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the borders will re-open to Greater Sydney on December 1.
“Today, I had a meeting with Dr Young, and, of course, the Deputy Premier and the Health Minister,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday morning.
“Dr Young has been in extensive conversations with the New South Wales Chief Medical Officer.
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“Dr Young is now satisfied that they have reached the over 28 days, so can I say to New South Wales – we welcome you to Queensland from December 1.
“We know how tough this has been on families.
“This is a great day. It’s exciting news.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate also welcomed the development.
“Wonderful news that our border will now be open for New South Wales,” Mayor Tate said.
“Everyone from Sydney can start booking. You’ve got a week to get online, book your accommodation and come up and enjoy Queensland.
“We’ll look after you.”
The Queensland Premier said she had been in contact with the airlines about her decisions.
“We know how important it is that the airlines are able to plan. People are able to plan for their holidays as well,” she said.
“We absolutely want to see our tourism industry continue to flourish and prosper.
“It might be a little bit difficult getting some accommodation somewhere, because of our successful campaign, a lot of tourism operators are saying that they are booked out.
“But we do want to encourage families to get together before Christmas.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she would make a confirmation on the future of the borders with Victoria tomorrow.
Victoria again recorded no new cases of COVID-19 for the 25th day in a row. The state’s last active case also recovered overnight, leaving Victoria COVID free for the first time in eight months.
We will still have to wait until the end of the month to know about the borders with South Australia.
The Premier said it was possible the borders could be closed again at a moments notice if there was a major outbreak.
“I think what you are seeing now is that we have moved to a hot spot regime,” she said.
“It would depend, if there was a massive outbreak across a particular state, I think you would see everybody react that way.”
There was one new case of COVID-19 detected in Queensland, an overseas traveller in hotel quarantine. There are still 15 active cases in the state.