By Juliano Oliveira
Queensland will open its borders to visitors from Greater Sydney as of December 1, has announced State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The 14-days-quarantine-process will no longer be needed when the New South Wales residents enter in Queensland. Since August 1, visitors coming from Greater Sydney have been disabled to access the Sunshine State.
“We know how tough this has been on families. This is a great day. It’s exciting news,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “Queensland is good to go. We want to see our tourism industry continue to flourish and prosper.”
It has been 31 days since the last case of coronavirus without a known source in New South Wales.
The Queensland Premier affirmed that there would have to be “a major outbreak” for the borders to close again.
“We will always take the advice of Dr Young. But I think what you see now is that we have moved to a hot spot regime. If there was a massive outbreak across a particular state, I think you would see everybody react that way [with border closures],” she said.
“We have been concerned about what happened in South Australia, but we have to make sure that we are always vigilant, we are always watching.”
Last week, there were some modifications to gatherings within homes and public spaces, from 40 to 50 people across Queensland. The authorities also increased from one per person per 4m2 to one per person per 2m2 (e.g. restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House).