By Julia Contrucci
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the state’s borders will be open from 10th of July. The decision, however, does not apply for visitors from Victoria, given the spike of new cases of COVID-19 registered over the past few days.
“Anyone who has travelled from Victoria, including Queenslanders, will be prevented from entering or will have to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks,” said Ms Palaszczuk.
All travellers and visitors from Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, NSW, Northern Territory and ACT will have to fill out an online border declaration first.
“This border declaration is to ensure that no-one has travelled to Victoria in the past 14 days,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “If you falsify a document, you will face strict penalties and fines up to $4,000.”
“We have seen more than 250 cases of COVID-19 in Victoria over the past week and there is sustained community transmission there,” the Premier said.
“We cannot risk removing our border restrictions for those people coming from areas in Victoria right now. To do so would jeopardise everything we have all sacrificed so much to achieve and could be catastrophic to our entire economy.”
Questioned, the PM said that if there is an outbreak in any state, Queensland Government reserve the right to review the border again.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said the accelerated relaxation of restrictions in stage 3 will collectively mean a greater return to normality for all Queenslanders.
“For small businesses like restaurants and cafes, for couples getting married, for young people wanting to celebrate their 21st at home, for community sporting teams and their spectators, for sports fans, museum-goers and event managers, life has gotten easier,” he said.
Stage 3 measures include allowing:
- Private gatherings of up from 20 to 100 people in homes – great for special birthdays and celebrations of milestones;
- Wedding attendance increases from 20 to 100 (and the reception size increases too);
- Contact indoor and outdoor community sport starts with an approved plan;
- More events, with events of more than 10,000 people requiring a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer; and
- Additional venues such as casinos and food courts to reopen.