Border between two biggest Australian states reopens

Marco Green
November 24, 2020

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed the borders will re-open to Greater Sydney on December 1.

Australia's Queensland state will lift border restrictions on the country's two most populous states from December, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday (Nov 24), in a boost for the tourism industry.

"Dr Young has been in extensive conversations with the New South Wales Chief Medical Officer".

"This is a great day".

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he is hopeful Sydneysiders will visit for their school holidays.

"It's wonderful news: not just for businesses, but for families", he said.

"Everyone from Sydney can start booking. And as you know, Queensland, 'beautiful one day, flawless the next'".

"We know how important it is that the airlines are able to plan".

"We're looking forward for you to come and enjoy our lifestyle with your friends and family and we'd like to see you".

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.

Victoria said on Tuesday it had zero active cases of coronavirus for the first time in over eight months, putting it on track to effectively eliminate the virus following a strict lockdown, with daily infections peaking at more than 700 in early August.

South Australians remain locked out of Queensland after a cluster in Adelaide last week, with a border review at the end of the month.

The Premier said it was possible the borders could be closed again at a moments notice if there was a major outbreak.

North Queensland's peak economic lobby group also welcomed the decision to allow all NSW residents to travel to the state in the lead up to Christmas without having to go through two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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