Queensland will reopen its borders to Victoria after the state recorded its 26th consecutive day of zero coronavirus cases and deaths.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Today – before Victoria’s case numbers were released – that Victorians would be welcomed back in the state from December 1 if cases remained at zero today, which they did a short time later.
“This is going to mean so much for families across the nation,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I know how hard it’s been. I know people have got friends and family in different states and they haven’t been able to see each other and it has been awful.
“But there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Christmas is a great time to be reunited.
“Please come to Queensland and we look forward to welcoming you with open arms.”
Victoria was officially declared virus free yesterday, with the state’s last active case dropping off after a number of weeks.
More than 16,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
Premier Daniel Andrews earlier told Today he was “confident” Queensland’s border would reopen to Victoria after the state reached the key milestone of 28 days of no community transmission.
“I don’t criticise other states for putting their state first,” Mr Andrews said.
“We have got our case numbers down very low – no active cases or no new cases for a long run now.
“The time has come to open those borders and I am confident that is exactly what will happen.”