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Australia Queensland border restrictions remain for coronavirus hotspot Adelaide

07:20  30 november  2020
07:20  30 november  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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To protect our vulnerable communities, Queensland 's borders have been closed.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state's border will remain closed to Adelaide for another week.

Ms Palaszczuk said the Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young had asked for another week to further assess the situation in South Australia.

"I will accept that advice," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We want to make sure that everything is perfectly safe when we can lift those borders, and we do have that aspiration that everyone can travel freely for Christmas," she said.

Dr Young said the outbreak in South Australia remained a risk.

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The Queensland Premier says the state's border restrictions will not be relaxed until there are no cases of community transmission in New South Wales and Victoria. Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said it was a busy long weekend at the state's border crossings

"Although we've reviewed the situation in South Australia and it looks good, they're not at 33 cases related to that cluster, they still are continuing to have cases and areas of concern," she said.

"Most of the states and territories in Australia still have some limitation on movements from Adelaide to their state, so we will continue that here in Queensland and continue to review it over the next week."

Dr Young said she would be reassessing whether to open the border to Adelaide then.

"It will just depend what happens," she said.

Currently, Queensland has classed only 20 local government areas in Adelaide as official hotspots.

That means residents of elsewhere in South Australia could enter Queensland if they had not been in Adelaide in the past 14 days.

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Historic lifting of restrictions

Queensland police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said while the border controls for Victoria and New South Wales would be removed from December 1, the physical infrastructure would take some time to dismantle.

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said several hundred metres of concrete barriers at the Gold Coast and Goondiwindi, in particular, would need to be removed.

He said around 200 police officers would now be freed up for a return to general duties.

"It's going to take us a little to while, so motorists — particularly on the Gold Coast — should be aware of that and need to work with us on that," he said.

For now, all direct flights entering Queensland from Adelaide would continue to be intercepted, with all returning residents required to enter hotel quarantine.

Further easing of restrictions in Queensland

Meanwhile, the Premier also announced some further easing of restrictions in Queensland.

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Queensland 's southern border is again experiencing significant congestion, with police checking There is more significant congestion on Queensland 's southern road border , with police checking The areas were added to the hotspot list, alongside all of Victoria, after dozens of coronavirus cases

The Queensland Government is implementing strict new coronavirus rules for Queenslanders "No one is immune to these stricter border controls… this is about making sure we're all keeping safe This morning Ms Palaszczuk tweeted the latest coronavirus figures from Queensland Health, which

From 1:00am on December 1, groups of 100 people will be allowed to gather in parks — an increase from 50.

A limit of 50 people remains for private gatherings indoors.

Ms Palaszczuk said school photos and family photos could also be taken with people standing close together.

Importantly, parents were told children would not be allowed to sit on Santa's lap for photos.

"No kids on Santa's lap — kids can stand next to Santa," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said she was concerned about a creeping complacency in handshaking.

"We urge people to do an elbow bump, a wave, or any other hand gesture that doesn't touch," Ms D'Ath said.

She reminded Queenslanders that all of the original messaging around hand washing and avoiding close contact remained in place.

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Why holidays could STILL be ruined by Queensland border closure .
The Queensland border could still be slammed shut at a moment's notice, a top police chief has warned.Queensland opened its borders to New South Wales and Victoria on Tuesday, as the state's health officials no longer consider either area hot spots.

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