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Queensland will restart domestic cruises but wary about international travel

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The Queensland government wants to restart domestic cruises along the state's coast next year, but it says international travel is a federal decision.

Queensland's premier won't commit to a date for people in the state to be able to travel overseas again but does want cruises to restart next year.

Annastacia Palaszczuk says it's not up to her when Queenslanders will be allowed to go overseas, unlike other states such as NSW, which wants to restart international travel once double-dose vaccination coverage hits 80 per cent.

Queensland has fully vaccinated 42.78 per cent of eligible residents and 61.53 per cent have had one dose of a vaccine.

Ms Palaszczuk says nothing has been agreed by national cabinet on international travel, but when it does restart it won't be as free and easy as it was before the pandemic.
"I look forward to the day when we can freely travel across the world again, I mean everyone's talking about that. OK, but it is not the way we used to travel, I've done it, I've worn the P95 masks, I've done the hotel quarantine," she told reporters on Thursday.

"I've looked at how they've managed it, they were in a state of emergency in Tokyo, it is not the world we used to know.

"So the federal government needs to identify where Australians and Queenslanders can travel in the bubbles of the countries that they put together, and that is a federal government issue to deal with."

In the meantime, Ms Palaszczuk will put forward a proposal to restart smaller cruises with fully vaccinated passengers within Queensland next year.

"That's a great option for Queenslanders who are fully vaccinated to actually trial some smaller cruises, up and down the Queensland coast," she said.

"We're a few months off that, of course, but you know we need to start the planning and I know how much Queenslanders love their cruises."

Queensland recorded one new locally-acquired case of COVID-19 on Thursday, linked to the Sunnybank cluster, who was in home quarantine for their entire infectious period.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the new case was a student from St Thomas More College, who tested positive on day nine of home quarantine.

"So this just shows here again how important it is that when people are asked to go into quarantine, they need to remain in quarantine for 14 days," she said.

Dr Young again urged people to get jab, with the government offering free double passes to the NRL finals for people who get vaccinated in Boondall and Pinkenba or in Logan and Mt Warren Park on Thursday and Friday.

She warned it wasn't worth waiting until there's a Delta outbreak in Queensland to get vaccinated.

"We always prepare for our cyclone season, we do it ahead of time we don't wait for the cyclone, here again, we need to get vaccinated ahead of time," Dr Young said.

Meanwhile, from 1am Friday 24 September, the Glen Innes Severn Council will no longer be part of the restricted border zone with NSW.

This means that only the non-restricted border zone rules will apply to Glen Innes Severn Council residents.

Residents can bring proof of residency while the border pass system is being updated, and those with existing applications will receive a text message when they can reapply for a pass.


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