Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news at a press conference this morning, welcoming all of NSW to the state from 1am on 1 December.
“We know how tough this has been on families. This is a great day, this is exciting news,” she said.
Palaszcuk said the decision came after NSW celebrated 28 days with no community transmission of COVID-19.
“Dr Young is now satisfied that they have reached the 28 days. So, can I say to New South Wales, we will welcome you to Queensland from December 1,” she said.
“In further good news, tomorrow is the day Victoria will meet that threshold as well.
“I’ve advised the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that if they reach that 28 days tomorrow, then they too will be open on 1st December.”
“Queensland is good to go. We want to see our tourism industry flourish and prosper.”
Premier Palaszcuk joked that it might be hard for travellers to find accommodation in some places, as a lot of tourism operators have told her they are booked out.
“But we do want to encourage families to get together before Christmas,” she said.
CEO of the Accommodation Association, Dean Long, said the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time for hotels and motels in South-East Queensland and metropolitan Sydney which have been particularly hard-hit by the border closures.
“It’s also an important boost for hotels and motels in North Queensland including Cairns with 80 per cent of their bookings from New South Wales, Victoria and internationally, so opening and keeping these borders is essential to having people employed again and the local economies kicking over,” he said.
“With the holiday season so close, we expect to see a very welcome surge in accommodation bookings up and down the east coast of Australia as we all celebrate the return to a more normal framework.
“For the 100,000 people who work within our industry and the many other businesses who rely on our sector, there will also be a sigh of relief after what has been an extremely tough year financially and psychologically.”
“We are keeping our fingers crossed that a similar announcement about Queensland being opened to Victoria is imminent.”
On 3 November, the Queensland government reopened its borders to NSW, except for the Greater Sydney area.
Currently, those from the Greater Sydney area and Vicotria are not allowed into Queensland.
The border reopening will mark the first time people from some areas of Sydney have been allowed into Queensland since mid-July.