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Queensland to lift border restrictions for ACT residents next Friday

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Queensland will lift border restrictions on the ACT from 1am next Friday, September 25.

Queensland will lift border restrictions on the ACT from 1am next Friday, September 25.

"That means that people from the ACT will again be able to visit Queensland," Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced this morning.

Mr Miles said the date aligned with the ACT school holidays and encouraged Canberrans to come to the Sunshine State.

There have been no coronavirus cases in the ACT for more than 60 days.

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"Now is the time and we urge them to start thinking to come up to Queensland for a holiday," he said.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed the decision meant that from next Friday, the ACT would no longer be considered a coronavirus hotspot.

Dr Young said anyone who had travelled from New South Wales into the ACT would still need to wait 14 days before they could travel to Queensland.

Mr Miles said due to the geography of the ACT, Canberrans hoping to enter Queensland could only do so by air.

"They will have to fly in. They cannot drive because if they drive, they will be driving through a hotspot," he said.

Mr Miles said Queensland officials would be working closely with the territory to ensure no one who had travelled to Victoria or NSW in the last 14 days would be allowed into Queensland.

Earlier this week, the South Australian Government announced it would allow travellers from the Australian Capital Territory to enter the state without needing to go into quarantine for a fortnight.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Dr Young came under fire last week for not allowing an ACT woman to attend her father's funeral with family, only permitting her to see his body under police escort while dressed in heavy protective clothing.

Mr Miles said today marks Queensland's eighth day straight of no community transmission and no new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state overnight.

The Queensland government is standing firm on its 28-day timeframe of zero community transmission before it will reopen its borders to NSW.

"It is still 28 days (of no new cases of community tranmission) and that is the safest because, if you do miss one transmission cycle, then it would be more likely to pick it up the next," Dr Young said.

"It is just being really careful."

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