As of October 1, Queenslanders will be allowed into northern NSW towns Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes – and you know what that means.
Zac Efron will be subjected to that many more eyeballs as of next week when Queenslanders are allowed access to northern NSW, reports Sydney Morning Herald. (If you didn’t know for some wild reason: Zac has been hiding out in Byron since the start of the pandemic, and is now even reportedly dating a former waitress there. She seems nice.)
But back to the laxing of border restrictions: in some major news, from October 1, Queenslanders can enter freely into Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes without having to quarantine. Residents of those northern NSW spots will also be able to travel into Queensland after applying for a border pass.
Even better – from October 6, provided NSW Health authorities are able to trace every new COVID-19 case in the meantime, all of NSW residents could be allowed into Queensland – two months after the state closed its borders indefinitely, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. NSW looks to be on track to meet that requirement. Yesterday, it had no locally acquired cases – only two from returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Naturally, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian jumped at the chance to offer her two cents on QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision. "We are always only a few days from another outbreak, but so is Queensland ... it is time for the Queensland government to bring down the whole border," Gladys said.
South Australia will also be open to NSW residents from tomorrow (Thursday), which is cute for wine lovers.
To keep up with the soon-to-be-increased demand, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar have already added extra flights to their schedules. So... what’ll it be: a wine weekend in the Barossa, sail week in the Whitsundays or month-long creep of Zac Efron in Byron? Your choice. In case you need further convincing...
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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