Queensland won’t make any decisions on opening its border to greater Sydney or Victoria before the end of the month.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her NSW counterpart Glady Berejiklian’s decision to reopen that state’s border to Victoria on November 23 won’t bring forward Queensland’s decision.
She says the health advice will be reviewed at the end of November before a call is made on Queensland’s borders before Christmas
“At the end of each month we review those decisions, and a lot can happen in a month as well, so I think everyone just needs to have, you know, a bit of caution here,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday.
“And let’s take one step at a time and let’s just see how that community transmission transpires now as Victoria comes out of lockdown. I think that’s really, really crucial.”
Queensland recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the state prepared for an influx of travellers after border restrictions were eased for regional NSW.
Both new coronavirus cases were people who acquired their infections overseas and were diagnosed while in hotel quarantine.
There were now eight active virus cases in the state, Ms Palaszczuk said on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
The new cases were recorded a day after Queensland relaxed border restrictions for people from country NSW.
Travellers heading north endured waits of almost an hour at the state’s southern border on Tuesday after the new rules came into effect.
Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says Queensland Police are expecting many more people to travel into the sunshine state in the coming weeks.
“We’re looking at over three million people from NSW who will be eligible to come in,” he said told reporters at the border on Tuesday.