Queensland’s historic border will finally come down from this weekend as restrictions ease following 14,914 Covid cases and six deaths in the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that as of 1am on Saturday the rules around entering the state would be lifted with restrictions on hot spots no longer applying.
The changes come as Queensland is expected to hit 90 per cent double vaccination coverage next week.
Once the 90 per cent target is hit the rules will also be lifted for international travellers but unvaxxed visitors will need to quarantine upon arrival.
‘Now is the time for the barricades to come down and the police to come home,’ the Queensland premier said.
Border restrictions will be removed in Queensland this weekend after the state suffered 14,914 new Covid cases and six deaths on Thursday
‘From 1:00am Saturday, the borders will be coming down, anyone coming domestically across into Queensland, either by our road or by air, they do not have to show that they have had their border pass, they don’t have to show that they have had a rapid antigen test.
‘This is the time and the time is now right as we head towards hitting that 90 per cent (of the population aged over 16 vaccinated) next week.’
Ms Palaszczuk said the decision would allow police which have spent weeks manning border checkpoints to return to their duties.
‘It is also going to mean that there is a greater ability for those people in NSW and the southern parts of our Gold Coast will be able to reunite, we know it’s tough on the border communities,’ she said.
Ms Palaszczuk said the decision would allow police which have spent weeks manning border checkpoints to return to their duties
The state’s health minister Yvette D’Ath said it was a waste of time and resources checking all arrivals into the state.
‘We should assume that anyone travelling around Australia domestically could have the virus and so it is a lot less important to worry about where people are coming from,’ she said.