Interstate travel: Where Brisbane can and can't go

The Northern Territory’s chief health officer Hugh Heggie on Monday revoked Greater Brisbane’s hotspot status. Picture: Che Chorley
The Northern Territory’s chief health officer Hugh Heggie on Monday revoked Greater Brisbane’s hotspot status. Picture: Che Chorley

Travellers from Brisbane will be allowed to return to the Northern Territory and ACT as of Monday morning after the city's hotspot status was revoked. But other states have not lifted the ban.

As of 11am, residents from Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redlands council areas were able to enter the NT.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman also announced Greater Brisbane will no longer be classified as a hotspot, meaning anyone who had been in the region on or after January 2 will no longer be required to quarantine.

The NT chief health officer's decision to revoke the status comes after Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 for the third day in a row.

However Victoria said greater Brisbane will remain off-limits.

"In terms of Brisbane, while the restrictions that have been imposed for greater Brisbane come off at 6pm tonight, the public health team is not 100 per cent confident we can have people from Brisbane returned to Victoria," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Monday afternoon.

"We will again monitor that each day - there are still many close contacts that have not been tested, it's a relatively new outbreak we are very pleased for our friends in Queensland with such positive results over the weekend, many tests and no additional cases.

"But the (Victorian) public health team is not yet … comfortable to have people from the greater Brisbane area coming back to Melbourne or travelling to Melbourne regardless of where they might live. Again that will be updated daily, late in the week hope to have more to say about Sydney and Brisbane."

Victoria's restrictions on those from greater Sydney also remains but it will open its borders to regional NSW from 5.59pm Monday. It comes as Victoria moves to a traffic light system for coronavirus risk.

The Northern Territory also still considers Greater Sydney a hotspot.

Brisbane will come out of lockdown at 6pm on Monday night after three days, in what was an attempt to stop any spread of the UK variant of the virus throughout the community.

The lockdown was imposed after a hotel quarantine worker contracted the highly contagious mutation.

On Friday, a number of states and territories labelled Brisbane a hotspot.

Western Australia had indicated Queensland will have to pass a 28-day run of no community transmission before its hard border closure is relaxed.

Tasmania is due to provide an update at 2.45pm AEST.


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