Queensland will open its borders with NSW on November 1 provided there are no unlinked cases over the preceding 28 days.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the new roadmap out of restrictions for the rest of the year, saying “Queenslanders have done a brilliant job”.
From December 1, Queensland will enter stage six of the state’s recovery plan with the number of people allowed to attend an outdoor event increased from 1000 to 1500. Gatherings of up to 50 people will also be allowed in homes and public spaces across Queensland.
The announcement has been welcomed by the wider tourism industry with Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind saying the government road map provides the certainty the industry has been seeking.
Accor Pacific chief Simon McGrath also welcomed the news.
“The decision to safely reopen the Queensland borders is a welcome one and we thank the State Government for making this decision,” he said.
“It will bring hope for the many thousands of Queenslanders employed in the tourism industry, it is good for local businesses, the economy and jobs.
“As a leader in domestic tourism, it is now possible for Queensland to begin the road to recovery, and we are predicting a significant summer increase in bookings as visitors now have the certainty they need to plan a holiday to Queensland for the summer.”