Queensland will reopen to all of New South Wales from November 3, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced
Anyone who has visited 32 local government areas of Greater Sydney in the past 14 days will be barred from entering Queensland, as coronavirus clusters and unrelated community transmission cases in southwest Sydney continue to raise concerns
However, any NSW resident can stay outside of the greater Sydney area for 14 days and then enter Queensland
Ms Palaszczuk made the announcement on Friday morning, a day before the national election, saying she was making the decision based on the advice of Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young
« Dr Young has put Queensland in very good shape We have not had any community transmission for a very, very long time, » said the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister of Health Steven Miles watch the health official explain his health advice on the Queensland-NSW border
Ms Palaszczuk has always warned that « anything can happen » and that community transmission has yet to be monitored in Victoria and New South Wales
A proposed November 1 opening date has been pushed back to November 3 on the advice of Queensland Police, to ensure all border passes can be updated on time
Dr Young said the decision would strike the right balance between openness and managing the risk of outbreaks in Queensland
She urged people in Queensland to get tested if they hurt at all, noting a positive COVID sewage test in Ipswich earlier this week and a new positive sewage result in Wynnum in Bay of Brisbane
Jeannette Young said the decision would strike the right balance between openness and managing the risk of outbreaks in QueenslandCredit: provided
« I reviewed the situation in New South Wales The day before yesterday they had four local government areas in Sydney that had cases of community transmission that NSW was unable to link to known clusters, which means they have some transmission and they don’t know where it is coming from, ”said Dr Young
On Thursday, NSW recorded four cases with unknown links, she said, and based on those cases and previous information, she said she thought it was important that Queensland remains closed to 32 Sydney local government areas
« Outside of those 32 LGAs there have been no cases in the last 28 days so this is very good news, » she said.
Dr Young said NSW’s biggest risk was still the southwestern part of Sydney, which prompted his decision to bar visitors to Sydney from entering Queensland
Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-Ring-Gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney , North Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, The Hills Shire, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Woollahra
Anyone who has visited these 32 areas in the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Queensland However, people can travel through Sydney to airports to get to Queensland, Dr Young said.
Queensland Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said there will be border checks in Queensland as long as there are coronavirus hotspots in Australia
M Gollschewski said the delayed reopening of the border at 1 a.m. on November 3 would help iron out problems with people forgetting to update their border pass or failing to realize they have an outdated version.
« The messages that will be disseminated, through the website and through Queensland Health, will be very specific so that people understand what the exemptions are, » he said
About 1,000 Queensland police officers work at state borders, including roads, airports and hotel quarantine
Earlier on Friday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would be « disappointed » if her Queensland counterpart did not announce a reopening to all of NSW
Ms Berejiklian said she understood Ms Palaszczuk’s news « could be an announcement [only] regarding regional NSW »
« I am disappointed There is no reason that residents of NSW should not be allowed in all parts of Australia, » she said
New South Wales recorded no new cases of community transmission overnight until Friday morning State has 55 total active cases and Victoria 76 Queensland has five active cases, all in quarantine of ‘hotel
More than a million votes have already been cast in national elections ahead of Saturday’s ballot, including 440,000 by mail
Anyone entering Queensland by misrepresenting or lying on their border entry pass about their movements in the previous 14 days faces a fine of $ 4,003
Lucy is an urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council
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