Queensland border announcement: Victorians not welcome

Queensland border opens to most as coronavirus restrictions ease

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Queensland will open its borders to all states and territories but Victoria on July 10.

Queensland will open its borders to all states and territories but Victoria on July 10.

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QUEENSLAND'S border will reopen to all states and territories, except Victoria, on July 10.

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QUEENSLAND'S border will reopen on July 10 to all states and territories - except Victoria with stronger measures being introduced to keep them out.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this afternoon revealed the relaxing of some restrictions and the opening of interstate borders with most states and territories as Queensland moves to stage three of coronavirus recovery.

However, she has taken a hard line against Victoria, where community transmissions of the virus have peaked in the last week.

"Queensland has a very large concern about the state of Victoria, there has been 250 new cases in the last seven days," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"There is community transmission, there has been outbreaks in hotels, schools, healthcare, retail and a distribution centre.

"So due to the current community transmission levels the border with Victoria will remain closed and we will be strengthening restrictions from this Friday, July 3 at 12 noon."

"Anyone that has travelled from Victoria, including Queenslanders, will be prevented from entering or they will be required to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense for two weeks."

People travelling from other states and territories from July 10 will have to sign a declaration stating they have not been in Victoria in the last 14 days.

"Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, NSW, Northern Terriroty and ACT are all in a similar position to Queensland, so from July 10 people will be allowed to travel into Queensland after filling in a border declaration... to ensure no one has travelled to Victoria in the last 14 days," Ms Palaszczuk said.

However, Ms Palaszczuk said the Chief Health Officer had the power to review any state and territory at any time and if there were outbreaks of community transmission, take further action.

Ms Palaszczuk said anyone caught falsifying the document would face strict penalties and fines up to $4000.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said restrictions around gatherings, sporting events and dining out in Queensland will ease from midday this Friday.

"For small businesses like restaurants and cafes, for couples getting married, for young people wanting to celebrate their 21st at home, for community sporting teams and their spectators, for sports fans, museum goers and event managers, life has gotten easier," Mr Miles said.

Private gatherings in homes will increase to 100 people up from 20 and 100 guests will be allowed at weddings.

Contact indoor and outdoor community sport will resume with spectators allowed.

Venues like casinos and food courts will be allowed to reopen.

"For small businesses, we will relax the four square metre rule, allowing up to 50 customers for a venue below 200 square metres in size, provided they keep a register of customers," Mr Miles said.

"For example, a 100 square metre café can currently have 25 patrons, with five of them in a separate area; now they can have up to 50 patrons.

"And patrons will be able to go to the bar to collect your food and drink."

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