Saturday, July 31

Queensland reopens border to Greater Sydney residents


Passengers who arrived at the Brisbane airport said they were eager to be reunited with their loved ones.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the lifting of the border closure for Sydney residents last week. (Nine)

“I have such a lucky baby nephew that the borders have been opened. He was born last night and I am going to go see him today,” one traveler told 9News.

Work to dismantle the roadblocks at border crossings began last night and is expected to be completed early tomorrow.

Sydney residents can now travel to Brisbane from today. (Nine)

It is expected to go a long way toward making up for what was lost during Christmas.

Gold Coast Police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told Today that border controls have been easing since this morning and that traffic is moving freely.

“The traffic flows quite freely. On the M1 and the Gold Coast Highway it’s still slow because we have concrete barriers there.

Border road controls are being reduced after the Queensland border was reopened for Sydney residents. (Nine)

“We will leave from 7 pm tonight. But above all, things are working very well.”

Wheeler said 170 officers deployed to border operations would return to front-line policing.

But he said Queensland police continue to monitor airports after the Sunshine State yesterday became the first state to declare large parts of Western Australia as a hotspot for the coronavirus.

He took action after a Perth hotel security guard tested positive for COVID-19, fearing it could be the highly infectious British strain.

“We will screen people as they enter. Anyone coming to Queensland from Western Australia, from anywhere in Western Australia, will need a border declaration pass,” Wheeler said.

Thousands of residents in Greater Sydney were unable to enter the sunshine state, after two sets of coronaviruses on the northern beaches and Berala, in the southwest of the city, over Christmas.

The closure of the Queensland border was triggered by a virus outbreak on Sydney’s north beaches. (Rick Stevens.)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the decision last week after receiving advice from Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young.

Ms Palaszczuk has urged residents of New South Wales and Victoria to visit the Sunshine State in the coming weeks and assist the tour operators.

“They’re really feeling it right now. They had a good Christmas, but now the kids are back in school, so if someone is in NSW or Victoria and you’re thinking of a vacation, come to Cairns,” he said. .

More flights are leaving Sydney for Brisbane today after a six-week border closure. (Nine)

“Everyone is here, ready and willing to welcome you with open arms and a friendly smile.”


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