Christmas holiday? Scott Morrison hints of interstate travel by festive season

Aug 29, 2020
Scott Morrison remains hopeful that interstate travel will be allowed by Christmas. Source: Getty

If you’re thinking of travelling interstate this festive season, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed it could very well happen, with hopes the borders will open prior to Christmas.

For many Aussies travel has been off the cards for some time now, especially since the second outbreak of the coronavirus in Melbourne began. While Queenslanders can freely travel to South Australia and vice versa, much of the rest of the country is closed off to prevent any further spread of Covid-19.

But, speaking on Friday Morrison said there should be interstate travel available for the December holiday period – however, international holidays are still some time away.

“Well look, I believe we can, domestically,” he said, according to 7 News when asked about Christmas getaways throughout Australia. “I’d love to say we could do it internationally but I don’t think I can give you that pledge internationally.”

The prime minister went on to say that with the decreasing number of cases in Melbourne and no huge rise in cases in New South Wales, interstate travel seems likely by that time of the year. Morrison also claimed if the country relies solely on closed borders until a vaccine is made available then it’s a “recipe for economic ruin”.

“The plan is to ensure testing, tracing and outbreak containment, strong quarantine, covid safe behaviours in the workplace, in the home, at the footy club, at the ground, in this conference,” Morrison said, according to 7 News.

But, everyone may not be on par with his plans. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has already claimed borders to the Sunshine State won’t be opened to NSW and Victoria until those states have contained community transmission of the coronavirus.

“I think we’re going to continue to see restrictions in Victoria up until Christmas time,” she said in a recent press conference. “That’s very unfortunate for people living there but it’s a serious situation.”

Meanwhile, there’s also been talk about when NSW will open its borders to Victoria once again. Recently NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said they are hopeful and optimistic it will happen some time this year but the issues are evolving.

But, Deputy Premier John Barilaro has been pushing for the border to reopen, claiming travel between the states should be allowed if Victoria’s cases continue to decline.

“If Victoria’s number continues to decline and we get them under a 100 in the next few weeks, I would argue that the border should be lifted,” he said recently. “You could almost lift the restrictions this side of Christmas, I don’t believe we should be having the border closed anywhere beyond this side of Christmas.”

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