A decision to open Queensland’s borders or keep them tightly shut will be revealed on Tuesday.

Pressure from businesses that rely on interstate tourism to stay afloat has failed to push the state government to open borders sooner as Queensand’s coronavirus case numbers dwindle.

It reviews the closure at the end of each month and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is set to make a long-awaited announcement on Tuesday.

The closure has been a point of frustration for border communities and industries desperate for customers and foot traffic after taking a hit during the global pandemic.

Ms Palaszczuk and her government have argued keeping the borders closed has kept Queenslanders safe, while the Liberal National Party wants them opened to stop businesses going under.

However, a surge of new locally acquired cases has put officials on edge, with Victorian health officials recording 75 new diagnoses on Monday.

It comes after dozens of new cases in the state in recent days.


By contrast Queensland has had just one positive test in the past nine days – a returned traveller from overseas.