All state borders to open by Christmas, except for WA, according to PM
Australia will reopen its state and territory borders by Christmas – initially with the exception of Western Australia, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Morrison notified the public in a national cabinet meeting this morning, saying, “This is the plan to have Australia open by Christmas with the exception of Western Australia.”
“This plan importantly embeds [that] public health metrics remain, ensuring that when we open safely [and] remain open safely.”
The PM also confirmed that no international students will be allowed into Australia yet, and that the nation’s hotel quarantine program will continue as the numbers of Australians wishing to fly home increases.
There are more than 35,000 Australians registered with DFAT as wishing to return home, many of them expats who have been living overseas.
Meanwhile, flight caps to limit numbers going into mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine mean bookings on commercial airlines are strictly limited, with Morrison calling the logistics “a significant challenge” but doable.
“By doing them over a week we can get greater utilisation of the caps, which will increase our ability to get more Australians home, and wherever possible, we are looking for additional capacity,” he said.