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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: #Coronavirus Travel Report: Queensland will open its borders to inter-state travellers from Covid hotspots for the fully vaccinated from 17 December #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.19: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement as she outlined the state’s reopening plan, which sets out when restrictions on arrivals will ease, based on vaccination modelling.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to the Guardian Australia Queensland announces Covid re-opening plan for borders scheduled ahead of Christmas – video: ► Guardian Australia on YouTube

Source: FacbeookLast modified on Mon 18 Oct 2021 05.04 BST

At 70% fully vaccinated, expected on 19 November, people will be able to enter Queensland from domestic hotspots, provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative test in the previous 72 hours and undertakes 14 days home quarantine.

At 80%, expected on 17 December, the state will reopen fully to arrivals from hotspots without quarantine, and will have no restrictions on arrivals at 90% fully vaccinated

Qld venues to shut their doors to unvaccinated patrons as state reveals tough reopening rules | Daily Telegraph

Unvaccinated Queenslanders will be restricted from visiting certain venues from mid-December under strict new reopening rules unveiled by the state government on Monday. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state will welcome interstate air arrivals from November 19 – when Queensland is tipped to hit a 70 per cent double dose rate – so long as arrivals are fully vaccinated, return a negative Covid-19 test and go into home quarantine. 

Fully vaccinated road arrivals will be welcome from at least December 17, when the 80 per cent double-dose target is reached. This date is locked in and could even be brought forward, with no quarantine required, and only a negative test needing to be returned. 

BREAKING: Today we’re releasing a plan for Queensland borders.

Travel restrictions will ease when 70% and 80% of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated.#covid19pic.twitter.com/4PANA1CBjF— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 18, 2021

There was, however, bad news for Queenslanders who have not been jabbed.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said there will be certain freedoms that are only available to people that have been vaccinated after December 17.

“We will work with industry and business but we expect that there will be some settings and venues that decide to be vaccinated only, and in return they will have eased restrictions,” he said. 

“So there are that there are venues that you can go to. Now, if you‘re unvaccinated that you won’t be able to go to after the 17th of December”.

Ms Palaszczuk said the “sensible and cautious approach” to reopening would see people reunited with their families in time for Christmas, but the state government also fired a broadside at its southern border neighbour. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had been reluctant to detail a reopening plan, with the state’s vaccination rate lagging. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had been reluctant to detail a reopening plan, with the state’s vaccination rate lagging. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

Mr Miles said the Queensland plan was one “informed by the best health advice” that puts the safety and health of Queenslanders and economic interests first. 

“It is not a series of reckless decisions as we’ve seen from NSW,” he said.

“We will not give up on having a plan, as the Prime Minister has for Queenslanders. We can do this, and we can do it with a plan.”

Monday’s update comes as Sydneysiders celebrate the easing of further restrictions, as NSW passes the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark.

NSW lifted stay-at-home orders last week; double-vaccinated residents are allowed back at pubs and salons, with community sport and dancing now allowed for larger groups of people. 

Victoria is also preparing to ease its strictest restrictions on Friday.

There were no new locally acquired Queensland virus cases announced on Monday, extending the state’s run to more than two weeks.

There are 72.07 per cent of Queenslanders with at least one vaccine dose – ahead of only Western Australia. The national average is 84.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, the state’s double-dose vaccinations are at 56.6 per cent and ahead of only the Northern Territory. That figure is behind the national rate of 67.8 per cent fully vaccinated. 

Originally published as Qld venues to shut their doors to unvaccinated patrons as state reveals tough reopening rules

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