Queensland will reopen its border to NSW in the coming days after the state recorded 28 days of no coronavirus community transmission.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Thursday morning the state would be open to Sydneysiders once again from February 1.
“It has been a really, really long haul, and it has been tough on everybody, but I've always maintained, I have to keep Queenslanders safe ... the NSW border will reopen on the first of February,” she told Nine’s Today program.
“It's a great time for families to be reunited, but also, too, for people to plan their holidays. I met with tourism operators yesterday, they're really feeling it at the moment,” she said.
NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian found out about the border opening at the same time as the public this morning, while she was in a radio interview with Ben Fordham on 2GB.
After Fordham passed on the good news, she said it was “fantastic” and would allow families to get together who weren’t able to over the Christmas period.
“I hope this brings a lot of joy and relief to people,” she told listeners.
NSW to roll back Covid restrictions
Ms Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that restrictions would be rolled back on Friday to allow bigger indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Masks in Greater Sydney will also only be compulsory on public transport, in places of worship and in beauty and hair salons, but not in supermarkets. Hospitality workers will still be required to wear a mask.
Wednesday marked 10 consecutive days of no community transmission of Covid-19 in NSW.
There will be no maximum cap on hospitality venues but they must adhere to the four square metre rule.
Ms Berejiklian said she believes hospitality venues will be able to return to the two square metre rule in two weeks.
“With the easing of restrictions from Friday, that gives [businesses] a great leap of confidence for the next couple of weeks and then beyond that, the high probability of going back to two square metres, I think, should instil everybody with confidence,” Ms Berejiklian told reporters.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant meanwhile, has warned NSW residents the state was not yet out the woods and reminded people the virus could still be circulating in the community.
“At the moment, we're optimistic we're on the trajectory of eliminating the transmission in New South Wales. But it is too premature to say we've got there yet,” she said.
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