Queensland is OPEN… unless you’re from Melbourne: State finally eases border restrictions with all Australians allowed in from July 10 – except for people from Victoria
- Queensland will open the state borders on July 10 except for Victorians
- This is because Victoria is suffering a second wave of the virus with new cases
- Anyone entering the state will be asked to declare they have not been in Victoria
Queensland will open its borders to all tourists except Victorians from July 10.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said anyone entering the state will be asked to declare they have not been in Victoria in the past two weeks.
There will be fines of $4,000 for anyone who is caught lying on the online form.
Queensland will stop Victorians entering the state while letting all other Australians in from July 10. Pictured: The border near the Gold Coast
Victoria is battling a second wave of the virus with 139 new cases in the past two days.
‘Anyone who has travelled from Victoria, including Queenslanders, will be prevented from entering or will have to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘We just can’t risk removing border restrictions for people coming from areas of Victoria right now.’
It means that Australians can finally visit Queensland tourist hotspots including Cairns and the Gold coast, giving hope to ailing tourism businesses.
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents welcomed the decision.
CEO Darren Rudd told Daily Mail Australia: ‘This is a step in the right direction which strikes the right balance between the necessary caution and getting the economy restarted.’
The Queensland government also announced that it is moving to stage three of coronavirus restrictions from Friday as it relaxes rules.
The curve in Victoria has skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks as coronavirus infections continue to grow from within the suburbs of Melbourne
Australians will be able to take holidays in Noosa (pictured) after 10 July
Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint on the Gold Coast Highway at Coolangatta on the Queensland/NSW border border in March
The cap on numbers in venues is removed and replaced with social distancing and casinos have been allowed to open.
Victoria’s figure of 64 new cases on Tuesday is down from the 75 reported on Monday but is the state’s sixth-worst figure since the pandemic began.
On Monday night Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke to Premier Daniel Andrews and urged him to shut down ‘hotspot’ suburbs before the outbreak gets worse.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the government was considering ‘anything required’ to stop the spread.
In April Tasmania successfully locked down sections of its northwest to halt an outbreak, providing a blueprint for local shut downs.
Victoria has been carrying out a testing blitz in ten suburbs across Melbourne – and warned they could lock neighbourhoods down if COVID-19 infection rates keep rising. Pictured: The ten ‘hotspot’ suburbs