Queensland reopening to ACT travellers, still closed to NSW

Queensland reopening to ACT travellers, still closed to NSW

Travellers from the Australian Capital Territory will be allowed to enter Queensland from next Friday 25 September, but the State will remain closed to New South Wales.

Canberrans will have to fly into the state, not drive, as NSW is still considered a COVID-19 hotspot.

According to Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles the decision was made following extensive conversations with the Chief Medical Officer in Canberra.

"That means people from the ACT will again be able to visit Queensland," said Miles, recognising the Territory has not had a new case of COVID-19 since July.

"We've been saying for some time now that for Queenslanders, Queensland is good to go. Well now, for Canberrans, Queensland is good to come.

"Now is the time 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, it's a great chance for people to come and visit friends and relatives or go to the reef, go to Cairns, go to one of our wonderful tourism hotspots."

The announcement comes two days after South Australia dropped its border restrictions with the ACT on the condition that travellers arrived by plane.

Queensland reported no new cases of COVID-19 today, and there are currently 25 active cases of the coronavirus in the state.

Updated at 1.07pm AEST on 18 September 2020.

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