SA coronavirus transition committee decides to reopen border to NSW

Andrew Cummings
September 23, 2020

A re-opening of the Queensland border to all of New South Wales could be just two weeks away.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed residents of the Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore, the Richmond Valley and Glen Innes council areas will be added to the bubble from 1am on October 1. QLD residents will also be able to travel to these areas.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said residents would be able to apply for a border pass to travel around Queensland, and Queenslanders "will also be able to travel as well".

"To be fair, I think NSW has been tested more than any other state because we haven't had closed borders, we've had outbreaks, we've had seeding in Victoria and we've managed to get where we are".

Ms Berejiklian said she was hopeful the Queensland border restrictions would also be completely removed sooner rather than later.

Border residents can apply for a border pass and travel around Queensland for any objective, and Queenslanders can travel to those places as well.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the reason the NSW border could now be opened was that there had been no community transmission in that state in 14 days.

'These areas have a lot in common with Queensland, ' she said on Tuesday morning.

The long-awaited decision on SA's border with NSW was made at Tuesday's meeting of the state's transition committee and came after initial plans to lift the isolation measures were stalled for weeks because of a cluster of coronavirus cases in Sydney.

Dr Young said there were still cases of concern in NSW, so the rest of the state will still remain a declared hot spot.

SA Premier Steven Marshall said the "significant announcement" would relieve a "massive burden" on families and businesses.

"Extra positive cases because of a higher testing rate will not hold us back", Andrews told reporters.

Dr Spurrier said the taxi driver was "not representative of community transmission" since NSW Health knew how he contracted coronavirus.

The border will open only to Canberrans who arrive by plane and anyone coming from NSW via the ACT will have to wait 14 days before being allowed to fly.

All the cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there had been no new COVID-19 cases recorded within the NSW community from the 16,759 people tested in the 24-hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

It marks the second day in a row of no community transmission.

"This is all as a result of the fantastic work of Queenslanders as well as the very low number of cases in northern New South Wales meaning that we can safely make these adjustments".

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