Excited families have been reunited across Queensland airports as COVID-19 restrictions ease into the state, but others waiting to cross the border are still locked out, saying they are at “the end of their tethering” “.
- Queensland’s borders opened to people flying from interstate COVID-19 hotspots today
- Returning Queenslanders at Brisbane Airport were happy but also frustrated that it had taken so long
- From December 17, it is expected that people will be able to cross into Queensland by car or plane
People from interstate COVID-19 hotspots can now enter Queensland if they have been vaccinated twice, can give a negative COVID result within the last 72 hours, apply for a border passport and home quarantine at an address no longer than two hours from the airport they landed at.
Gold Coast resident Jacky Dennie waited at Brisbane Airport for her husband of 14 years.
He has been living on an Airbnb in Sydney for five months after being caught by local lockdowns.
Dennie said it was the longest time the couple had been apart.
“I’m happy to have him at home and it’s my birthday tomorrow … so this is the best gift I’ve ever asked for,” she said.
Her husband Steve Dennie said he was happy to be home.
“But it’s taken so long and the reasons why are not fair – it’s not fair to keep families separate,” he said.
“We are all supposed to be Queenslanders, all Australians, but we are not.
The airport today witnessed an outflow of love and emotion, but also frustration.
Bijay Thapa arrived in Brisbane from a flight from Sydney today.
It is four months since he saw his wife when Mr Thapa had to return to Nepal when his mother died of COVID-19 earlier this year.
They were also reunited this morning.
Gemma Scott bought a house on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in August.
Today she returned from Melbourne via Sydney with her family.
The family was to reach an approved taxi to their new home on the Sunshine Coast.
‘The end of their tethering’
While the reopening was good news for people flying to Queensland, others did not feel so lucky.
For John and Heather Piper, the change made no difference.
The couple has been stuck at the New South Wales border since early August, waiting to drive home – just two hours away from where they have been camping.
Sir. Piper told ABC News Breakfast this morning that the couple was nearing the “end of their tethering”.
“We pay bills in both states,” he said.
“If it were not for some social media – mental health is a real problem.”
Sir. Piper said the couple had tried to contact Queensland Health and asked for exceptions.
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