Queensland is nearing a COVID-19 milestone which could lead to restrictions being lifted in the state’s southeast as some regional areas enjoy a tourism boom.
With just one new coronavirus infection announced on Monday, a teen in hotel quarantine, the number of active Queensland cases has fallen to 17.
These are clustered in the southeast, with 11 in West Moreton and the remaining six at Ipswich.
Currently, aged care residents are in lockdown and there’s a 10-person limit on home gatherings in eight local government areas, including Brisbane.
Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed on Monday a decision could be made this week to lift restrictions as the Sunshine State hit 11 days without a community transmission.
The state government has previously flagged a 14-day time-frame before a review of health measures.
“Thursday would be 14 days after the last case thought to be infectious in the community. So that’s an appropriate review point,” he said.
He congratulated Queenslanders on the low virus rate including its hotels for their “very strong” quarantine program.
The scheme, the Palaszczuk government insists, along with its much-maligned border laws, have kept people safe while allowing most of the state to remain open for business.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington admitted there has been a tourism boom in parts of regional Queensland, including her own electorate, despite border restrictions.
“We in regional Queensland do have an opportunity to grab those people that are happy to come and support regional Queensland with their tourism dollars,” she said.
“Instead of flying to Bali, they’ve now opened up their eyes and been able to see.”
Her comments come as Queensland prepares to welcome ACT travellers back up north on Friday.
The border will only open to Canberrans who arrive by plane and anyone coming from NSW via the ACT will have to wait 14 days before being allowed to fly.