South Australia has reopened its borders to travellers from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The lift came into effect at midnight and now means anyone who enters the state from those jurisdictions will not have to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
Premier Steven Marshall intends to keep the restrictions in place for people from other states until July 20, though SA is looking to an earlier date for Queensland.
He said he was also considering allowing Queenslanders to enter the state earlier, but for now like NSW, Victorian and ACT residents of the sunshine state would still be subject to a quarantine until the July 20 date.
Mr Marshall said he didn’t want to keep borders in place for “one day longer than we need to,” adding that restrictions had “served us well.”
South Australia has not had a new infection for three weeks, and he said the move “signals a return to normality”.
“There’s no reason for us to be unnecessarily detaining people,” he said.
However, the measures concern direct travel into SA only – not via another route such as flying internationally via another Australian state, meaning those travellers would still need to isolate for 14 days on arrival.
Meanwhile, from Friday, public gatherings of up to 300 will be allowed in the state.
Also, indoor fitness and dance classes which had a 10 person limit will be doubled to 20, if one person per seven square metres can be met.
The premier said he wants to get the state’s economy moving again.