There were emotional scenes at the Brisbane Airport on Tuesday morning after families, separated due to the state’s border rules, reunited after months of being apart.
Gold Coast resident Jacky Dannie said she was “elated” after seeing her husband for the first time in five months.
“Five months is a lot, it’s like half a year really and it was a long time and a lonely time as well, you come home from work and he’s not there,” she told reporters on Tuesday.
Jacky Dannie reunited with her husband Steve for the first time in five months. Picture: News Corp / Nigel Hallett
“I honestly thought I couldn’t actually see him till after Christmas and it’s my birthday tomorrow and it’s the best present I could have ever asked for him coming back today.
“I am just elated.”
Jacky’s husband Steve had been living in an Airbnb in Sydney for five months after being locked out of Queensland when the Bondi outbreak occurred in June.
Mr Dannie said he was glad to be home but said it “wasn’t fair” to be keeping families apart like that.
“[It’s] not fair, not fair to keep families apart,” he told reporters.
“We’re all meant to be Queenslanders, all Australian, but we’re not.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous to have to be away from home for five months in the same country.”
Queensland border restrictions eased after the state achieved its 70 per cent double dose vaccine milestone earlier than anticipated. Picture: News Corp / Nigel Hallett
Another returning resident, Bijaya Thapa reunited with his wife for the first time in four months after having to go back to Nepal when his mother passed away earlier this year.
“It’s been really frustrating because I was so close and I couldn’t even see her,” he said, after arriving in Brisbane from Sydney.
Queensland border restrictions eased on Monday after the state achieved its 70 per cent double dose vaccine milestone earlier than anticipated.
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Fully vaccinated returning residents and interstate travellers can apply for a border pass which will allow them to fly into Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot and undergo 14 days in home quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also indicated the next reopening phase could come early as the state closes in on its vaccination milestone.
“If these rates continue, that is good news because it may even see our [reopening] date in December come a little bit forward as well,” she told reporters on Monday.
According to Tuesday’s data, more than 71 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population are fully vaccinated and 82.8 per cent have received at least one dose.
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