Queensland Is Reopening Its Borders to All of NSW From December 1

Daniel Fowler
November 25, 2020

In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Queensland's premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that the Sunshine State will completely open its border to NSW on December 1. This is a great day.

New Zealand says visitors from Australia will remain barred until the entire country has gone at least 28 days without a single Covid-19 case.

"We know how tough this has been on families".

The decision comes after weeks of public pressure from NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian who said Queensland was "setting the bar too high" with its strict border rules.

"So can I say to New South Wales, we welcome you from 1 December", she said.

Dr Young said it had been 28 days since NSW had an "unlinked case". "We absolutely want to see our tourism industry continue to flourish and prosper".

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On the potential for the border to open with South Australia, which recently experienced a spike in case numbers, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said, "we just have to see what happens in that first incubation period". It's been really good so far. They're up to 27 yesterday.

"We are also looking forward to seeing workers returning to the airport, not just with the airport but with the many retailers, auto hire companies and other concessionaires who have been doing it tough over recent months". "We're very safe here because of our worldwide border restrictions, but it could happen at any time", she said.

"We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say, for worldwide travelers, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft", Chief Executive Alan Joyce told broadcaster Channel Nine.

"So we have to do the same here in Queensland. I'm the Premier for Queensland". Any cough, sniffles, sore throat, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting any symptoms, anywhere please come forward and get tested.

Families and travellers from NSW and Victoria will no longer need border passes, allowing them to make their plans for the upcoming holiday season.

Ms Palaszczuk told Nine News this morning things are looking positive, with the border opening to Victoria also in her sights. And as you know, Queensland, attractive one day, ideal the next, ' she said with a smile. "We always act on the advice of Dr Young and that is exactly what we have done today".

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