South Australia delays opening border with Vic

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When will it end? Some border restrictions are still in place. PIC: ABC

South Australia has announced it will no longer open its border with Victoria on July 20 as planned, following the spike in Covid-19 infections in the Garden State.

“We are very hopeful that Victoria will be able to bring their outbreaks under control but at this stage we cannot possibly lift that border on July 20 as we were hoping to do,” Premier Steven Marshall said.  “We apologise to many people who have had to make changes because of our change of the date of July 20 but our number-one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all South Australians.”

Mr Marshall said the transition committee would meet on Friday to consider re-opening the border with ACT and NSW. South Australia has already opened it borders to travellers from the other states and the NT.

All eyes now turn to Queensland, which is pondering the implication of the outbreaks in Melbourne before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces shortly how, when, and if the state will re-open its borders.

A provisional date has been set of July 10 for Queensland’s borders with NSW, SA and the NT to open but the Victoria situation has cast now  doubt on that timetable.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been encouraging Queensland to stick to the schedule.

“Ironically we’ve already had people from Queensland and WA bring the disease to New South Wales, so we’ve already experienced that level of interstate transmission, if you like, and we’ve dealt with it,” she said.  “That’s why I say to all the other states, we’ve welcomed all the overseas travellers that live in other states, we’ve even welcomed people who’ve come across your own borders to New South Wales, who had the disease, and we’ve managed that.”

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