Queensland to open border to Vic on Dec 1
Queensland is looking forward to welcoming Victorians back into the state on December 1, the same day NSW residents will be able to visit again without quarantining, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
The premier announced the change on Wednesday after the Victoria went 28 days without an unlinked case of community coronavirus transmission.
It follows her announcement on Tuesday that the NSW border would open on December 1 meaning only Adelaide residents will still need to quarantine in arrival from next Tuesday.
"Victoria will be good to go to come up to Queensland as well (on December 1)," Ms Palaszczuk told Seven's Sunrise program on Wednesday.
"So that's absolutely wonderful news, congratulations to Daniel Andrews and his team down there, and to all of the Victorians, and we look forward to welcoming you to Queensland.
"And please stop by and say hello. If you see me out and about during the holidays because it's going to be wonderful."
Earlier Ms Palaszczuk warned there was still a risk the state could go back into semi-lockdown if there's a surprise case of coronavirus in the community.
"We still have to remember ... we've got people coming back from overseas going into hotel quarantine and it only takes one person to get out or go into the community and we could be back into a semi-kind of lockdown," Ms Palaszczuk told Nine's Today Show.
"Fingers crossed everyone is doing the right thing."
Ms Palaszczuk made particular reference to South Australia, which last week went into lockdown after a support worker at an Adelaide quarantine hotel contracted the virus, driving new cluster in the city.
"I can't predict the future," she added.
But in the event of another interstate outbreak, Queensland currently plans to instead impose restrictions on a specific geographical area under a hotspot regime.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed there are no set parameters for the new hotspot regime, saying it was important to be flexible in responding to interstate outbreaks.
"Each particular case has got to be looked at on its merits and work out what the risk is to Queensland," she said on Tuesday.
Ms Palaszczuk stressed that every state's hotel quarantine program needed to be rock solid to protect the community from outbreaks.
She called upon the federal government to be extremely careful when considering any changes to the country's international borders.
"Australia is doing a great job, let's get Australia to stay on course, let's open up Australia for Australia," she told Sunrise.
"But there is real danger in taking back into Australia too many overseas international arrivals if our quarantine systems cannot cope. I cannot be clearer on that."
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Photo: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (AAP Image/Dan Peled).