There is finally a small glimmer of hope for Queenslanders trapped interstate with the Premier confirming hotel quarantine will reopen from Saturday.
“Today I can announce that as of Saturday, Queensland residents can begin returning from interstate hotspots into hotel quarantine in Queensland,” Annastacia Palaszczuk told Parliament on Wednesday.
“The pause on intake has only just began.
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“Numbers in our quarantine hotels have only slightly eased, so we can off places to 50 families as a start but we will add more places as rooms become available.”
The announcement comes after the Premier copped heavy criticism for the decision to allow cricketers and the families of NRL players into the state, despite the two week pause on hotel quarantine that had left many Queenslanders locked out of their own state.
Around 100 people in the rugby league entourage arrived in Brisbane on a charter flight on Monday and were sent into a hotel to quarantine ahead of the NRL finals.
Members of the Australian and Indian women’s cricket teams were also allowed into the state to do quarantine ahead of their upcoming series in Queensland.