Annastacia Palaszczuk calls on cruise ships to return to Queensland with only fully vaccinated passengers on board – but issues stern warning about international travel
- Queensland wants to restart smaller cruises with fully vaccinated passengers
- Only small passenger ships carrying vaccinated passengers are allowed in the state
- Queensland registered just one new case of Covid-19 on Thursday
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said international travel was still up in the air
The Premier of Queensland will not commit to a date when residents can travel abroad again, but wants the cruises to start again next year.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s not up to her when Queensland residents are allowed to go abroad, unlike other states like NSW who want to resume international travel once the double-dose vaccination coverage reaches 80 percent.
Queensland has fully vaccinated 42.78 percent of eligible residents and 61.53 percent have had one dose of a vaccine.
Ms Palaszczuk says nothing has been agreed by the national cabinet on international travel, but if it is restarted it will not be as free and easy as it was before the pandemic.
Annastacia Palaszczuk wants to restart cruises around Queensland for fully vaccinated passengers (photo Navigator of the Seas cruise ship)
“I’m looking forward to the day when we can travel the world freely again, I mean, that’s what everyone is talking about. Okay, but it’s not the way we used to travel, I did it, I wore the P95 masks, I did the hotel quarantine,” she told reporters on Thursday.
“I watched how they managed it, they were in a state of emergency in Tokyo, it’s not the world we used to know.
“So the federal government has to determine where Australians and Queenslanders can travel in the bubbles of the countries they formed together, and that’s a matter for the federal government to resolve.”
In the meantime, Ms Palaszczuk will table a proposal to restart smaller cruises with fully vaccinated passengers in Queensland next year.
“That’s a great option for fully vaccinated Queenslanders to try out a few smaller cruises, down the Queensland coast,” she said.
“Obviously we’re a few months away from that, but you know we need to start planning and I know how many Queensland residents love their cruises.”
Queensland recorded just one new locally contracted case of COVID-19 on Thursday, linked to the Sunnybank cluster, which was in home quarantine for their entire contagious period.
Ms Palaszczuk says nothing has been agreed by national cabinet on international travel but warned restrictions would remain if it does resume
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the new case involved a St Thomas More College student who tested positive on day nine of the home quarantine.
“So this just goes to show how important it is that when people are asked to go into quarantine, they should be quarantined for 14 days,” she said.
dr. Young again urged people to get a shot, with the government offering free double entry tickets to the NRL finals for people getting vaccinated on Thursday and Friday in Boondall and Pinkenba or Logan and Mt Warren Park.
She warned it wasn’t worth waiting for a Delta outbreak in Queensland to get vaccinated.
“We always prepare for our cyclone season, we do it in advance, we don’t wait for the cyclone, here too we have to get vaccinated in advance,” said Dr. Young.