Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government relaxed its two week ban on hotel quarantine to allow the families and officials into the state.
The NRL confirmed the plane landed on Monday afternoon, saying the charter flight contained 100 players’ wives, girlfriends, children and officials.
The move will anger many people marooned in NSW, Victoria, and the ACT who cannot get back to Queensland after the government last week put a pause on hotel quarantine arrivals for two weeks.
Some of those stranded include several Federal cabinet ministers and MPs who cannot get back into the state.  
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The arrivals, from Sydney, which is a declared hotspot, are outside of the quarantine cap and will do 14 days in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.
After being contacted for comment earlier on Monday, the Premier’s office has not responded.
But Ms Palaszcuzk on Monday defended allowing Australian and Indian cricketers into Queensland to quarantine 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 in other parts of the nation and want to come home, we are doing everything we can to look at alternative accommodations to make sure that you can come home safely.
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“We’re looking very closely at what’s happening in South Australia with their trial (of home quarantine) as well so we are looking at a whole range of options to make it easier for families and Queenslanders to come back home safely.”
Ms Palaszcuzk said the cricketers were “outside the cap so it’s not to do with the cap which is used for domestic (travellers)”.
The Premier last week banned arrivals from NSW, Victoria and ACT – which Queensland has declared as hotspots – for two weeks, saying the state’s hotel quarantine system was under pressure and could not cope with the influx.
“It’s putting our workers at risk and it’s putting our community at risk. We simply do not have any room at the moment,” she said at the time. 
Ms Palaszcuzk added authorities had been “scrambling for hotels” resulting in a situation where new domestic and international arrivals were spread across 22 separate facilities.
Exemptions would remain for people entering the state on compassionate grounds or for medical procedures, she said.

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