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Queensland border reopens to NSW from Monday

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced Queensland will open its border to Sydney on February 1.

Queensland closed the border to 35 local government areas in Sydney, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains in the midst of December’s COVID-19 outbreak, causing chaos for travellers before Christmas.

Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged the border closure had been “a really, really long haul, and it has been tough on everybody”.

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“So it’s a great time for families to be reunited, but also, too, for people to plan their holidays,” she told Nine’s Today program.

“Our Chief Health Officer was delighted last night when she briefed me.

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“The border checkpoints will be coming down, so that’s also good news for our police as well, because they’ve done a mighty job down there, as our emergency services have as well.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she welcomes the decision. 

“Fantastic, good news and I hope that means a lot of families that were hoping to get together over Christmas and New Year’s and couldn’t, can reunite now,” she said, speaking on Radio 2GB’s Ben Fordham Live program.

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NSW has recorded 10 consecutive days with no local transmission of COVID-19. 

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSWVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaNorthern TerritoryACTTasmania.

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