Queensland border could be closed until September
18 May 2020, Written by Business News Australia
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease nationally many Australians are wondering when they might be able to book a holiday interstate.
If you ask the Prime Minister it seems he is looking for interstate travel to be back on the cards by July, according to the Federal Government's national framework.
But Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) is a bit more reluctant to move that fast, suggesting her state's border may not reopen until September.
Speaking to ABC News Breakfast this morning, Palaszczuk said Queensland is taking a cautious approach when it comes to its borders.
"Look, I have to get the advice of the chief health officer," Palaszczuk said.
"I would say that things would look more positive towards September. Having said that, I don't want to rule anything out. I will give you that advice at the end of May as quickly as possible."
Palaszczuk's stance comes days after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraged states to reopen borders.
"I'd probably feel offended if they told me how to do my job," Berejiklian said.
"But I often joke with the Queensland Premier that I'll end up going to Auckland before I go to Brisbane if we continue the way we are going."
Updated at 10:49am AEST on 18 May 2020.
Author: Business News Australia