The New South Wales Government has confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for (in New South Wales anyway). Regional travel throughout the state will be allowed again for any reason, including holidays, from June the 1st.
It was only last Friday that Destination NSW launched their ‘Love NSW From Home’ campaign to whet our appetites and get us all excited about the prospect of re-discovering everything that’s great about NSW again when we were safely allowed to do so.
Cut to just four days later and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has now given the green light for us to move from loving NSW from home to loving it for real.
1 June. The first day of winter… That’s in two weeks! Oh yes!
The lifting of the ban will come as a massive relief to struggling regional tourism operators throughout the state who have been slammed by both the bushfires and the coronavirus lockdown.
New South Wales’ ski fields Perisher and Thredbo are reportedly planning to take advantage of the relaxing of laws and open the snow season, potentially in mid-June.
Both of the snowy mountain resorts say they can guarantee skiers’ safety with social distancing and limits on numbers and activities.
The Government’s announcement follows the relaxation of some restrictions from last Friday, including the permitting of up to 10 customers dining in cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Since March, holidays and leisure trips anywhere have not been allowed due to coronavirus restrictions.
It was only earlier today that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk suggested the Queensland border could remain closed until September with Western Australia WA and SA also warning borders will remain shut until the end of winter.
Speaking to the ABC, Ms Berejiklian had said she opposed her counterparts’ border closures and wanted travel restrictions scrapped.
“I often joke with the Queensland Premier that I’ll end up going to Auckland before I go to Brisbane if we continue the way we are going,” she said.
But with borders still being closed NSW residents will at least now be able to take holidays within the state.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to officially announce the date tomorrow and it’s expected that airlines will also announce some scheduled plans in line with state easing of restrictions.
The question now is – where will you go?
READ: Love Nsw From Home: 14 Stunning Photos That’ll Get You Excited About Exploring For Real – Just happened!
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