Queensland will lift its border restrictions to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Sept. 25, allowing residents from the nations capital, Canberra, to fly into the northern state.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles told reporters on Sept. 18 the decision came after “a lot of work” with the states Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, and after detailed conversations between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr overnight.
“That means that people from the ACT will again be able to visit Queensland,” Miles said. “Weve been saying for some time now that for Queenslanders were good to go, and now for Canberrans, theyre good to come.
“So we would urge them to start thinking about coming up to Queensland for a holiday. This is timed to coincide with the school holidays in the ACT.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote on Twitter: “I have spoken with Chief Minister Andrew Barr to confirm the ACT will be removed as a hotspot.”
“Well work with ACT authorities to make sure appropriate checks are in place at Canberra Airport for people flying into Queensland,” the premier wrote subsequently, and then added:
“This is another step towards ensuring Queenslands economy rebounds, not the virus.”
BREAKING: Queensland borders will open to the Australian Capital Territory at 1am on Friday, September 25.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 18, 2020
The Queensland Health Minister encouraged ACT residents to think about visiting one of the states tourism hotspots, like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical Far North Queensland.
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