South Australia opens its borders to Queensland but SNUBS Victoria and New South Wales by keeping them out of travel bubble
- Visitors from Queensland can enter South Australia from midnight on Friday
- The move will give hope to ailing tourism businesses desperate for visitors
- These visitors will not have to quarantine for the mandatory 14-day period
- SA has also opened its borders to the Northern Territory, Tasmania and WA
South Australia will let in visitors from Queensland as of midnight on Friday.
The move will mean these travellers will not have to quarantine for the mandatory 14-day period.
It comes after the state opened its borders to Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania at midnight on Tuesday.
However, New South Wales and Victoria are yet to be included in the travel bubble and any visitors will be required to quarantine for the two week stint.
South Australia will let in visitors from Queensland as of midnight on Friday. Pictured: South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula
Border controls requiring 14-day quarantine will remain in place for visitors from Victoria, NSW and the ACT. Pictured: Stokes Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island
‘Effective midnight tonight, there will be no requirement for people coming in from Queensland to do 14 days of self-isolation,’ SA Premier Steven Marshall said on Friday.
‘This doesn’t mean necessarily that South Australians can go into Queensland but we are lifting our state borders and so people from Queensland, whether they be Queensland citizens or whether they are South Australians returning, they will not be required to do that 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.’
The move will give hope to ailing tourism businesses desperate for visitors after months of lockdown.
The decision ultimately lies with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk who said the state’s borders would reopen on July 10.
Normally the Australian constitution does not allow unequal treatment of citizens based on their state or origin.
But the South Australian government believes it can justify the remaining border controls on public health grounds because the eastern states have had more coronavirus cases.
The move will give hope to ailing tourism businesses desperate for visitors after months of lockdown. Pictured: West Bay on Kangaroo Island
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews took a jab at South Australia after the travel bubble rejection.
‘I don’t want to be offensive to South Australians but why would you want to go there?’ he asked reporters.
‘Holiday here… go skiing, go to the wine country, go to the beach, whatever it might be.
‘Don’t get too stressed they won’t let you into Adelaide, why would you want to stay there?’
It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison piled pressure on premiers to set a date when they would open their borders.
Queenslanders can visit South Australia from midnight on Friday and won’t have to undergo the 14 day quarantine period (pictured: girl walking along beach in Surfers Paradise)
On Tuesday afternoon Mr Morrison tweeted: ‘A welcome move forward on the path to a COVIDSafe reopening across Australia. Looking forward to returning to SA to enjoy a locally brewed Coopers.’
Mr Marshall said: ‘I don’t think we should have the borders closed for one day longer than we need to.
‘It has a detrimental effect on our economy and our employment, but also a social perspective with alienating families. We’re very keen to see it lifted.’
Mr Marshall also announced that up to 300 people can gather outside in SA from Friday.
Indoor gym classes are now allowed 20 people, up from 10, as long as each person has four square metres of space.
Food courts are also expected to reopen from June 29.
South Australia has opened its borders for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Pictured: Adelaide