Tweed, Byron back in Qld border bubble

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Two more local government areas on the NSW north coast will be added to the Queensland border bubble as they come out of lockdown.

Queensland Health will reinstate the non-restricted border zone rules from 1am on Wednesday for Tweed Heads and Byron Bay.

This means residents of the shires and Queenslanders travelling to these areas will be able to cross the expanded border bubble for work, education, compassionate care and essential shopping again, provided they've received one dose of vaccination.

This comes after the two LGAs were plunged into a lockdown last Tuesday following an infectious COVID-19 case in both shires.

Residents were previously only allowed to cross the border for essential work, emergency volunteering and limited essential purposes.

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says the decision was made in conjunction with NSW directives.

"Once NSW announces changes, we then immediately review that and, when it's appropriate for us, put them in place," she said on Tuesday.

Certain restrictions will remain in place for the LGAs, but NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked residents for their compliance during the lockdown.

"Thankfully we've had no further cases of concern, so the public health team have advised that they can come out of lockdown," he said.

Queensland's border has been shut to most of NSW since July 21, Greater Sydney since June 22, Melbourne since May 28 and regional Victoria since July 17.

The state government has been reluctant to confirm whether the borders will reopen to Victoria and NSW before Christmas.

Borders are not specifically mentioned under the national reopening plan, but some states have committed to quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated people.

Dr Young said on Monday that vaccination coverage was not the only issue to consider when opening up borders.

"It depends on the situation, it's not a simple straightforward process," she said.

"It would be wonderful to be able to know we've got to 80 per cent (vaccine coverage) and something will happen. Unfortunately, it's just not that straightforward."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also skirted the topic on Monday and said she would wait for modelling from national cabinet this week.

Queensland recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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