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3 February, 2021

New South Wales is good to go to visit Queensland

After many months and two closures, the Queensland government has recently reopened state borders to New South Wales on February 1.

By Andrew Sorensen

Travellers returning from any hotspots in Western Australia are required to go into quarantine. Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuzk said authorities worked overtime to ensure the borders opened smoothly.

“Now that the Chief Health Officer has recommended it’s safe for Greater Sydney residents to come to Queensland, the borders can come down,” Ms Palaszcuzk said.

“I want to encourage anyone in New South Wales who is thinking about having a holiday, come up to Queensland.”

On the other side of Australia, Perth, peel and the southwest regions of Western Australia were declared hotspots by the Queensland Government on January 31 at 6pm.

This decision came after a security guard acquired COVID-19 while they at work in a quarantine hotel at Perth.

Acting Premier Steven Miles said anyone from the mentioned areas was required to go into a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

“If you have been in any of those WA areas since January 26, you need to come forward and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative test result,” Mr Miles said.

Minister for Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said timeframes may change as more information is received about the West Australia outbreak. 

“If you’re already in Queensland and you have been to Perth or the surrounding areas since January 26, please get tested and isolate until (you) get a negative result,” Ms D’Ath said.

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