Crunch day for Queensland border decision
A decision is expected to be made today about when Queensland's border will reopen after it was shut to protect residents from the coronavirus.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will meet with the state's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young this morning, who will make her recommendations, before a meeting with Cabinet.
An announcement is likely to be made around lunchtime.
Ms Palaszczuk has previously flagged July 10 as the date borders will reopen but Victoria's recent surge in COVID-19 cases might jeopardise that.
The borders were closed on March 25.
Queensland tourism operators are pleading with the premier to make the decision to reopen the borders today after months of dire business.
Greg Daven, from Hot Air Balloons Cairns and Gold Coast, said businesses were fearful the border reopening could be pushed back because of the situation in Victoria.
"[If] the border closures will be pushed back further that's just going to have a catastrophic effect on the tourism industry because relying only on locals to support us, it doesn't have any longevity, it's that simple," Mr Daven told Today.
It was already too late for the winter school holidays in the state, he said.
"Even if the borders do open up on 10 July, we've missed out on that booking period, that booking window for domestic visitors to come up and enjoy school holidays up here and that means it's obviously going to impact numbers right across the state.
"It's a concern and the longer the border closures are happening it's going to have an impact on the September- October school holidays and could be as far-reaching as December and we're coming off the back of the bushfires last December so it hasn't been a great 12 months."
Restrictions have also been put on football teams from every code coming in and out of Queensland to help protect the state.
If a Queensland team goes to Melbourne to play they will be forced into quarantine for 14 days when they return.
If a team that has played in Melbourne comes to Queensland, the team will need to go into quarantine.