AA commends state governments for 'sensible' easing of border restrictions

Darnell Taylor
September 24, 2020

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said officers will be drawn from across the region for more shifts on the border.

Queensland has added five more northern NSW councils to its border bubble, while South Australia is also reopening to NSW after lifting restrictions for the ACT.

Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria on Tuesday reported a more than doubling in new infections likely as a result of increased testing, while other states said border restrictions would be relaxed as case numbers dwindled.

"While hotels, motels and properties in numerous regional areas have benefited from intrastate travel, moving to a more normal situation where interstate travel is possible is important especially for our metropolitan hotels and motels who have been badly impacted by the COVID-19 travel restrictions", Long said. They usually do a lot of their business in Queensland.

"This will be a massive, massive relief to people who have been isolated from friends, from family, from business opportunities".

She said the last community transmission case, in which it was impossible to find a source of the infection, in NSW was on September 8.

"There have been no cases in those border areas for quite some time", says QLD Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young. "We do continue to as the community to work with us to get those testing rates up high", she said.

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"It's just going to be fantastic for many of our residents who have been incredibly impacted negatively, whether economically or just trying to visit families or attend medical appointments on the Queensland side of the border", he said.

"Our policy has worked and they should back off", he said.

"Keeping COVID out, having a hard border and getting our economy back up and functional within the borders is working", he said. "So, we believe that this is the right measure to take", she told reporters.

"It's been bad we can't wait for them to be open again to go further north because right now we are kind of stuck in northern NSW and can't wait to go to Queensland", Mr Obisenko said.

He said it was crucial health authorities in both states kept each other updated of their respective coronavirus situations, to ensure the border could remain open.

Ms Jacobs said many Queenslanders would now head to Byron Bay and Ballina to holiday rather than stay in the state. "I'm talking about places that are from the Victorian border to the Queensland border that have NEVER had a Covid case".

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland spokeswoman Amanda Rohan said while the easing of border restrictions was "a good start", a nationally consistent framework on border restrictions was essential.

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