Breaking: All states except one open by Christmas
Prime Minister Scott Morrison emerged from today's national cabinet meeting proclaiming that all states – except Western Australia – will open their borders by Christmas.
South Australia will relax its hard border with Victoria on 1 December 1 and WA will allow travellers in from tomorrow, but residents from NSW and Victoria will need to quarantine.
The PM said all states are also focusing on how to perfect their COVID contract tracing regimes before opening internal borders and keeping them open.
“The plan importantly embeds public health metrics in ensuring that when Australia opens safely that it remains open safely, and that is incredibly important,” said Mr Morrison.
“The things that need to happen and importantly the work of Dr Finkel’s National Contact Tracing Review - which identifies additional metrics that are needed to ensure we are always aware that we are staying on track - and have the protections in place to keep Australia open.”
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