Queensland premier hits back at border closure delay

juin 30, 2020 0 Par admin
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hit back at criticism from tourism firms in the state that they’ve lost vital school holiday business because the borders have remained closed due to coronavirus.

But tourism companies have missed the vital school holiday boost.

Ms Palaszczuk said she is lifting of other restrictions on places such as cafes and restaurants from this Friday, ahead of schedule. (Nine)

School holidays are underway in Victoria and Queensland, and start next week in NSW.

Ms Palaszczuk said she is lifting of other restrictions on places such as cafes and restaurants from this Friday, ahead of schedule.

“The road map actually said July 10 for opening up more cafes and restaurants. We have brought that forward a week early,” she told Today.

“On July 10 we are opening up to every other State and Territory except Victoria. So people will be welcomed into Queensland.

“We always said that we would review it at the end of the month.

“So Queensland, our economy is going to be opening up faster a week earlier into stage three, which is fantastic, great news for our cafes and restaurants especially as Queenslanders are enjoying the school holidays.”

Anybody travelling from Victoria – including Queenslanders who visit – must pay for their own hotel quarantine for 14 days, and face a $4000 fine if they lie about where they’ve been.

“We hope that Victoria gets on top of the outbreak as quickly as possible,” she said.

“We had to take these tough measures. We are very concerned about Victoria, as are other states and territories. Hopefully they get it under control and we’ll be able to lift that down the track.”

She dismissed criticism that it was never advised for Australia’s state borders to close, saying: “We are in such a good position, that’s because of the health advice that the Chief Health Officer Dr Young has given me and I’m taking her advice.”