Thanks to 10 days in a row of zero new Covid cases in New South Wales, Queensland will take down all the travel restrictions put in place after the Northern Beaches outbreak.
BREAKING: Queensland will reopen to NSW on Monday, 1 February.
We understand how tough border measures are, but it’s all about keeping Queenslanders safe.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) January 27, 2021
Speaking to Sunrise, Palaszczuk talked about the benefits this border opening would have to both states.
“A lot of people haven’t been able to see their family since the closures around Greater Sydney,” she said. “This is great news [for them] but it’s also an added boost as well for tourism”.
“We have to take down those borders. So, once again, they will be removed and fingers crossed that Australia is on the path to a much better future in terms of being able to travel”.
As one of those people who couldn’t go to her Grandma’s 90th. birthday, I have to strongly agree.
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Meanwhile in New South Wales, Premier Gladys Berejiklian had already announced an easing of Covid restrictions from 12.01am on Friday, January 29.
They include an increased amount of people allowed at household and outdoor gatherings, weddings and other events, as well as changes to the mandatory mask rule (although they’ll still be compulsory for some indoor settings like public transport).
“It is important for us to accept that in those indoors settings you have the highest risk,” Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday. “But in all other settings, it will be a strong recommendation”.
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Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.