QLD could reopen border to holiday-makers sooner than expected

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Things are looking positive for NSW residents wishing to travel to the Sunshine State.

Queensland is considering reopening the border with NSW and halving the required number of days with no community transmission to 14.

The current criteria to reopen its borders is 28 days of no community transmission, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has labelled a “tall order”.

“The 28 day rule of no untraced community transmission, we are hoping our Chief Health Officer will revisit this,” Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said.

“We believe such a high bar is going to be very hard to achieve, it is almost aiming for elimination which appears to be a far off objective.”

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Each time health authorities are unable to identify how someone acquired COVID-19, the clock resets to zero. The last time NSW achieved 14 days of no community transmission was back in June.

While the news sounds promising, Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young confirmed no decisions were being made concrete just yet.

“We’re still concerned that in the past four weeks, there have been 14 cases in NSW of which the cause of transmission is unknown,” she said.

“We’ve all done so well to protect Queensland and we can’t let our hard work and sacrifices go to waste by rushing a critical decision.”

On Tuesday, South Australia lifted the 14-day quarantine criteria for people travelling from the ACT. However, the period is still enforced for those travelling from NSW and won’t be lifted until health authorities are confident community transmission in NSW has subsided.

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