The Queensland Premier has just announced unrestricted travel to and from Queensland from all states except Victoria.
In a press conference, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “My number one concern is to protect Queenslanders and their families.”
The Premier announced that from noon this Friday, July 3 anyone who travels from Victoria – including Queenslanders – will be prevented from entering Queensland unless they complete 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.
From July 10, Queenslander borders will reopen to travellers from all other states and territories who have not been in Victoria.
Interstate travellers must apply for a “border pass” and declare they have not visited Victoria in the past 14 days to enter the state. Ms Palaszczuk said anyone found to have made a false declaration would be liable for a $4,000 fine.
The Premier also announced that stage 3 restrictions will be lifted one week earlier than expected “Queenslanders’ continued efforts in uniting against COVID-19 means restrictions can ease a week earlier than expected,” The Premier said
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said “From July 3, more people will be allowed in more places and to attend more events.”
Stage 3 measures include allowing:
- Private gatherings of up from 20 to 100 people in homes.
- Wedding attendance increases from 20 to 100 (includes receptions)
- Contact indoor and outdoor community sport starts with an approved plan;
- More events, with events of more than 10,000 people requiring a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer; and
- Additional venues such as casinos and food courts to reopen.
“The four square metre rule per customer applies across the board with no ceiling, and no need to divide customers into smaller groups,” the Deputy Premier said.
“For small businesses, we will relax the four square metre rule, allowing up to 50 customers for a venue below 200 square metres in size, provided they keep a register of customers. For example, a 100 square metre café can currently have 25 patrons, with five of them in a separate area; now they can have up to 50 patrons,” he said.
“And patrons will be able to go to the bar to collect food and drink”.
“That’s all due to the tremendous work of Queenslanders,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Since June 1, Queensland has had just 9 new cases of COVID-19, 7 of these were from overseas and there are currently only two active cases in Queensland.
The Premier urged Queenslanders to think carefully about travel plans.
“Please do not go to Victoria,” Ms Palaszczuk said.