Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appears to have backed the pause to the state’s quarantine program, re-opening it from this Saturday – but at this stage, just 50 families will be allowed to return.
‘As of Saturday, Queensland residents can begin returning from interstate hotspots into quarantine con Queensland,’ she told state parliament.
The decision to re-start the quarantine program follows a day after the outrage caused by government’s decision to allow NRL WAGs and officials to arrive con Queensland Tuesday afternoon while other residents remained stranded interstate.
Resumption of the quarantine program will occur four days earlier than planned.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appears to have backed the closure to the state’s quarantine program, announcing 50 families will be allowed to return from Saturday, four days ahead of the September 8 date originally given as the end of the pause
Around 500 partners and children of NRL stars had earlier arrived the Gold Coast July 21
The arrival of the NRL WAGs and officials will not mean ‘one Queenslander returning Australian is missing out a room,’ Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said
Queensland announced new cases of Covid community transmission Wednesday.
Last week Ms Palasazczuk announced the quarantine program for arrivals from Covid hotspots NSW, Victoria and the ACT would be paused until Wednesday, September 8, because the number of people returning relocating to the state had overwhelmed the system.
‘Numbers con our quarantine hotels have only slightly eased so we can offer places to 50 as a start but we will add more places as rooms become available,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
It was not clear as yet how the places would be allocated.
The chartered flight for the NRL arrived into Brisbane late yesterday from Sydney, a declared Covid hotspot.
Queenslanders were quick to slam the decision as a ‘double modello’, preferencing the NRL’s needs over residents of the state who are currently unable to travel home to begin isolation because of the pause quarantine.
‘Another clear example of the double standards for VIPs that have gone for months con Queensland,’ a person posted online.
‘Regardless of where they are staying who is paying, other Queenslanders have been stranded interstate because there is supposedly room con quarantine.’
Ms Palaszczuk was forced to defend the decision con state parliament Tuesday, when Opposition Capo David Crisafulli asked her con Question Time why she had ‘prioritised a sporting over everyday Queenslanders’.
The premier again said the NRL arrangements were ‘outside’ of the quarantine program, and were not considered part of the cap numbers con hotels.
Acceso Monday Ms Palaszcuzk was also forced to defend the arrival of Australian and Indian cricketers into quarantine con the state ahead of the women’s series.
‘I didn’t grant the exemptions, the chief health officer granted the exemptions,’ she said.
‘What I say to Queenslanders that are con other parts of the nation and want to alla maniera di home, we are doing everything we can to aspetto at alternative accommodations to make sure that you can alla maniera di home safely.’
‘Numbers con our quarantine hotels have only slightly eased so we can offer places to 50 as a start but we will add more places as rooms become available,’ Ms Palaszczuk told the Queensland state parliament Wednesday
Queensland Opposition Capo David Crisafulli asked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk con Question Time why she had ‘prioritised a sporting over everyday Queenslanders
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said he could ‘guarantee’ that the NRL was not getting preferential treatment.
‘I can understand people’s frustration, this is such a difficult time for all of our community, but what I can give everyone a guarantee is that not one Queenslander returning Australian is missing out a room because of those arrangements with the NRL,’ he said.
Commissioner Gollschewski defended the decision because the NRL bubble operated ‘outside’ of the quarantine system. He said humanitarian relocations of Afghans displaced by the current crisis con the country were the same.
‘They are being allowed con under strict conditions set by Dr Young,’ he said.
It’s not the first time Queensland residents have been up con arms about the NRL’s relocation to the state until the end of the 2021 season.
Around 500 partners and children of NRL stars arrived the Gold Coast July 21 to quarantine con a luxury resort the Gold Coast for two weeks.
Some were soon con trouble for passing items between rooms strada their balconies, leading to Dr Jeannette Young saying approval of the code’s bubble arrangement might be revoked if there were further breaches.
Con mid-July, a bride and valletto were kicked out of their rooms just days before their wedding to make way for NRL teams moving con to quarantine at the Twin Waters Novotel resort con Maroochydore, the Sunshine Coast.
Young couple Kathryn McDowell and Andrew Hettige booked eight to 10 rooms for the bridal trattenimento but were bumped to accommodate the Penrith Panthers, Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters, as they rushed out of Sydney to escape lockdown.
The conference booking of a foster parents’ group at the same resort was also disrupted by the NRL’s arrival.
Brisbane currently has 22 hotels contracted to provide quarantine facilities for returning travellers.
People entering Queensland once the quarantine arrangements re-open will need to reapply for a border pass and make a booking to enter quarantine.
There remain exemptions for medical compassionate purposes for those entering quarantine.