More Australians will now be able to return home sooner after state leader’s today agreed at National Cabinet to slowly lift the cap on international arrivals.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said from Monday week, Queensland would take in an additional 200 international arrivals per week.
That’s set to increase again the following week by an extra 500, taking the state total to 1000 arrivals a week.
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The Premier confirmed additional Defence Force personnel would be brought in to help run hotel quarantine in the sunshine state.
“The Prime Minister has agreed to extra Australian Defence Force Personnel to help and I thank him for that, this is the way we should be working, in cooperation,” she said.
It’s understood the State is looking into hotels in Cairns and Brisbane to quarantine the additional international arrivals.
“We’re looking at some hotels in Cairns, we know the Cairns economy has been doing it quite tough and of course we’ll look at our Brisbane-based hotels as well,” she said.
Hotels in Gladstone have also been flagged as possibility.
It comes after the Queensland Government today announced the borders will finally reopen to the Australian Capital Territory from 1.00am next Friday.
Canberra residents will have to fly into the state as they’re not allowed to drive and will also have to prove they haven’t been in a COVID-19 hotspot like NSW or Victoria in the past two weeks.