AA commends state governments for 'sensible' easing of border restrictions

Queensland Police officers at the QLD  NSW border crossing on Griffith St Coolangatta

Last week, Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced that Queensland would lift its border closure to travellers from the ACT, as there had been no new cases of COVID-19 in the territory for 60 days.

From midnight on Thursday morning, NSW residents will no longer have to do a 14-day quarantine when entering SA.

'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'.

As of midnight on Wednesday, travellers from New South Wales are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival to South Australia.

"That's going to be an absolute boon for our economy in South Australia but most importantly, creating more jobs", Mr Marshall said.

"We want to give Australians back the best mental health conditions, the best ability to get their lives back, but in a COVID-safe way".

She encouraged people flying into Adelaide from NSW to wear face masks.

"The numbers in New South Wales are continuing to go down, they haven't had community transmission there for 13, hopefully 14 days and therefore we can open our border with New South Wales tonight, it's been closed for months".

The withdrawal will occur just one day before Queensland significantly relaxes travel restrictions for 152,000 extra northern NSW residents, with border traffic expected to pick up.

Dr Spurrier said the taxi driver was "not representative of community transmission" since NSW Health knew how he contracted coronavirus. "I'm talking about places that are from the Victorian border to the Queensland border that have NEVER had a Covid case".

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane

It comes as South Australia has announced it will officially open its borders to NSW as of midnight tomorrow.

"We are coming into the critical school holiday and Christmas period and we need borders open and Australians travelling around the country again", he said.

"It is time for the Queensland government to bring down the whole border".

"I'm not sure what the definition is but I know that either way, it's a very hard benchmark", she said.

"The Queensland Premier has trashed our State, but what would she care?"

"We're satisfied that's a risk that can be managed", he said. QLD residents will also be able to travel to these areas.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the last unknown local source of COVID-19 infection was recorded on September 7.

"While the QPS is continuously assessing resource requirements and operational strategies, the community can be reassured the QPS has the capacity to adequately maintain policing services and core duties", she said.

"So very pleasing numbers but it is now time for complacency".



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