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‘Very special’ day as first flights arrive into Queensland from ACT

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Queensland’s border restrictions have lifted for the ACT, with those from the Capital now allowed to enter the Sunshine State without going into mandatory quarantine.

Today marks six-month-old Jemimah Grant's first trip to her parents' native state after the Queensland borders officially reopened to the ACT.

As of midnight, Queensland lifted restrictions to the Capital, with five flights full of Canberrans scheduled to arrive throughout the day.

Mum Robyn Grant says the decision was welcome news especially for the rest of the family who were yet to meet little Jemimah.

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"This is Jemimah's first trip to Brisbane, and Queensland," Ms Grant said.

"There's family here she hasn't met yet so this is very special.

"We're originally from Queensland, moved to Canberra and Jemimah was born in March and then COVID this is really cool we get to come home."

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Other arrivals at the Brisbane airport this morning were emotional as they prepared to visit terminally ill family members, some for the first time since January.

"My mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer last Friday," Paula Watson said.

"(My daughter) decided that the first opportunity we could get we would book a flight as soon as possible after 1am, and get up here so she could see her grandmother."

"It's been really hard," daughter Gabrielle added.

Police 'ready' for changes

Meanwhile Queensland Police are calling on the Australian Defence Force to stay on longer to help with coronavirus road border controls despite restrictions now easing across the state.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said his troops are ready for the changes taking effect along state lines as ADF personnel pack up their posts.

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"Of course we wanted them to stay longer because they add so much value. At an operational level, we do the work with the ADF. We have a great relationship with them," Mr Gollschewski told Today.

"They have done a fantastic job for us, but we're prepared. We know that things have to change so we've got ourselves ready for the changes at the borders and we will be able to accommodate them."

Mr Gollschewski said it was extremely important people continue to do the right thing to prevent another outbreak in Queensland.

"It is really important that people coming from the ACT realise they can only fly in," he said.

"At this stage you can't drive through the remainder of NSW. It's still a hotspot, except for the declared areas."

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He said for those coming in from NSW regions including Ballina, Byron, Glen Innes, Richmond Valley and Lismore, police will continue the border pass system, but more congestion at checkpoints will be likely.

"They can come into Queensland and go anywhere and indeed anyone that resides in Queensland can go anywhere in those declared LGAs," he said.

"They will need an X pass to get pack in. It will be much freer for them and will mean more people going across the border, so people need to expect some congestion."

Those entering Queensland from the ACT will still have to fill out a border declaration pass stating they have not been to any coronavirus hotspots, including Victoria and parts of NSW.

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More freedoms have also been returned to residents of Brisbane and Ipswich overnight, with limits on social gatherings eased from 10 people to 30 people, hospital visits a lot less strict and lockdowns at aged care and disability facilities have also been scrapped.

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The change comes as Queensland is set to also extend its border bubble to NSW regions including the Ballina and Byron Shires next week, with hundreds of ADF personnel withdrawing from border checkpoints.

Restrictions also easing in New South Wales

A long list of changes is also coming into effect for NSW over the next week, with school excursions and camping trips allowed to resume and up to 20 people allowed on the dance floor at weddings.

However, the Berejiklian Government has clarified that those allowed on the dancefloor must be part of the bridal party.

Kids sports are so expensive these days, causing a class divide between who can afford it and those who can't.

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In theatres, up to 1000 people, or 50 per cent capacity will be allowed across NSW venues and both parents will be allowed to attend kid's sporting events from this weekend, just in time for finals season.

The iconic Sydney New Years Eve fireworks will also go ahead this year, with some alterations, after crucial talks were held between Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres and Sydney City Mayor Clover Moore yesterday.

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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Source: 9News

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