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Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queensland The border will remain closed to Adelaide until the situation is reassessed next week, as the state prepares to welcome the residents of Sydney and Victoria tomorrow.
The prime minister said that Queensland’s health director Jeanette Young asked him for more time to monitor outbreak.

“Dr Young has asked for another week to further assess the situation in South Australia and I will accept that advice,” he said.

“We want to make sure everything is perfectly secure when we can lift those borders.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will re-evaluate the border restrictions in South Africa next week. (Nine)

The prime minister also announced that from 1 a.m. tomorrow, 100 people will be allowed to meet in public places.

Inside the private houses, the meeting limit of 50 people is maintained.

The easing of the restrictions comes as the Queensland police begin to dismantle their barricades on the state’s border with New South Wales.

Starting at 1 a.m. tomorrow, travelers from all over Australia except 20 Adelaide local government areas will be able to enter Queensland without a border declaration pass.

Coolangatta traffic Queensland border
Queensland police have started to dismantle the state’s border checkpoints. (9News)

Gold Coast Superintendent Mark Wheeler said that for the first time in 250 days, no police will be required at checkpoints.

“All people from New South Wales and Victoria, as long as they have not been to a COVID-19 hotspot for the previous 14 days, after 1am, will be able to pass through,” Wheeler said.

“The police will not check the border passes because they will not need them.”

A city view of the Gold Coast skyline.
Tour operators are bracing for an influx of customers. (Supplied)

Queensland tour operators have long awaited the removal of border barriers, which are bracing for an influx of visitors.

Greg Daven, who runs hot-air balloon company Gold Coast Hot Air, told 9News that he predicts booking numbers will rise in the coming weeks.

“We hope to see a little improvement, almost immediately,” he said.

“I hear from friends of mine who have accommodations that have already seen an increase in bookings from now through Christmas and into the New Years.”

Good to go Queensland tourism sign
Queensland has launched a major tourism campaign to attract visitors. (Nine)

The decision to reopen Queensland’s borders comes as the state launches a major tourism campaign to attract interstate visitors.

After keeping them closed for nine months, Ms. Palaszczuk told NSW and Victoria that “Queensland is a good place to go.”

The state registered no new coronavirus cases today, with 13 active cases currently in quarantine.


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