The Queensland Government today announced plans to further ease restrictions and open its borders to the rest of Australia.
From July 10, visitors from all states will be allowed to enter Queensland except those travelling from Victoria, including Queenslanders, who will have to pay out of their own pocket for a two week stay hotel to quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “The changes we’re announcing today are about supporting our state’s economic recovery while protecting Queenslanders.”
As well as the borders opening on Friday 10 July, the relaxing of restrictions also means private gatherings can now be increased from 20-100, indoor and outdoor sporting activities can now go ahead subject to approval and casinos and food courts can open.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said the accelerated relaxation of restrictions in stage 3 will mean a step closer to normality for all Queenslanders.
“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,” he said.
The news is music to the ears of all Queenslanders, none more so than real estate agents who have buyers chomping at the bit to come and view properties across the state.
Senior Sales Executive of Queensland Sotheby’s International, Carol Carter, told of her delight at the news that Queensland’s borders were set to reopen.
It’s wonderful news. I’m very excited because I’ve got buyers from Western Australia and other states that haven’t been able to get to Queensland and look at properties.Carol Carter, Senior Sales Executive of Queensland Sotheby’s International
Agents across Queensland have been improvising by using facetime and other online methods to help show their properties, but will soon welcome prospective buyers through their doors again.
“It’s been impossible, nobody’s going to spend $8-10 million on a property without actually going to look at it,” said Ms Carter.