Queensland’s border will reopen to everyone but Victorians on July 10.
Faced with escalating cases of community transmission in Victoria, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Tuesday the border would stay closed to Victorians to keep Queenslanders safe from coronavirus.
Anyone travelling from Victoria – including any Queenslanders returning home – will have to quarantine at their own expense in a hotel for two weeks.
People from other states will be able to travel freely to the Sunshine State from July 10.
The premier met with health officials and colleagues on Tuesday to discuss the border issue as Victoria recorded more than 250 cases in a week.
“Queensland has very large concerns about the state of Victoria,” Ms Palaszczuk.
“There have been outbreaks in hotels, schools, healthcare, retail, and distribution centres so, due to the current community transmission levels, the border with Victoria will remain closed and will be strengthened with tougher measures to apply.”
The premier warned Queenslanders not to travel to Victoria if it could be avoided.
“We just can’t risk removing border restrictions for people coming from areas of Victoria right now. My number one concern is to protect Queensland and Queensland families.”
She also warned that the border could close again to other states if there is a fresh outbreak.
The closure has been a point of frustration for border communities and industries desperate for customers and foot traffic after taking a hit during the global pandemic.
Ms Palaszczuk and her Labor government have argued that keeping the borders closed has kept Queenslanders safe, while the Liberal National Party wants them opened to stop businesses going under.