Australia Queensland could open its borders to ALL of NSW in just two weeks
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will open Queensland borders to the ACT
Residents from the ACT will be allowed to enter Queensland via air from 1am on September 25, the premier announced on Friday. 'I have spoken with Chief Minister Andrew Barr to confirm the ACT will be removed as a hotspot,' Ms Palaszczuk said. Ms Palaszczuk said Canberrans will only be allowed into the Sunshine State if they haven't visited a declared hotspot in the past 14 days.
A re-opening of the Queensland border to all of New South Wales could be just two weeks away.
All NSW residents may be able to enter the Sunshine State sooner than expected after no untraceable cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last two weeks.
The Queensland Government have pledged to open the border if NSW goes 28 days without recording a coronavirus infection with no known source.
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Queensland health authorities described the unknown cases as 'where the contact tracing and testing is unable to identify how the person was infected'.
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NSW recorded just six new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to Tuesday night and all infections were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
It marks the second day in a row of no community transmission. The last time NSW had consecutive days without community transmission was July 3, 4 and 5.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was hopeful the Queensland border restrictions would be completely removed sooner rather than later.
'I hope the Queensland government takes that final step in in getting rid of the border because the evidence is certainly indicating that it can.
'And I feel more confident after yesterday that that could be sooner than I anticipated,' she said on Wednesday.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection was recorded on September 7.
'So whilst we have had cases reported recently we have been able to identify the source of those,' she said.
Queensland border reopens to ACT travellers
Queensland has officially opened its borders to the ACT but territory residents will only be allowed to enter the state on the proviso they fly. The condition was enforced to prevent ACT residents driving up north to the Sunshine State through NSW – parts of which remain coronavirus hotspots. Any NSW resident wanting to use the ACT as an alternative passage to enter Queensland will be required to stay in Canberra for 14 days. Meanwhile, Greater Brisbane and Ipswich saw an easing of restrictions from Friday morning, allowing outdoor and indoor gatherings of groups up to 30 people.
'So very pleasing numbers but it is now time for complacency. We do continue to as the community to work with us to get those testing rates up high,' she said.
On Tuesday Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that as of next weekend the state would be open to more NSW residents.
Residents in 41 postcodes including Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore, the Richmond Valley including Casino and Evans Head, and Glen Innes will be added to the Queensland-NSW border bubble from 1am on October 1.
Ms Palaszczuk said those 152,000 NSW residents will be able to travel freely in Queensland and residents of her state will also be able to travel in far northern NSW.
'These areas have a lot in common with Queensland,' she said on Tuesday morning.
'They usually do a lot of their business in Queensland so we believe that this is the right measure to take and we have also been in contact with the NSW authorities to advise them of this today as well.'
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The announcement of border changes come as Queensland prepares to welcome ACT travellers back up north on Friday.
The border will open only to Canberrans who arrive by plane and anyone coming from NSW via the ACT will have to wait 14 days before being allowed to fly.
It was also announced on Tuesday that South Australia would open its borders to residents in NSW from midnight on Wednesday.
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