Phillip Thompson calls for further easing of restrictions in North Queensland
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is urging the State Labor Premier to listen to North Queenslanders after this morning’s announcement of the easing of restrictions.
Annastacia Palaszcuk has announced unlimited travel within Queensland from midday tomorrow, while restrictions in cafes, restaurants and other businesses will be relaxed to allow up to 20 patrons.
Mr Thompson said the easing of restrictions is a good start but doesn’t go far enough.
“The State Labor Premier has been dragged kicking and screaming to this decision after completely ignoring the people of North Queensland for too long,” he said.
“It’s been 60 days since more than 200 medical professionals, businesses and politicians of all persuasions sent a joint letter to the Premier asking for the implementation of Regional Management Zones which would have allowed restrictions to be eased much further, many weeks ago.
“Once again she’s treated the people of the North the same as the South East instead of considering our unique needs.
“It’s great that tourism will be boosted by this announcement but even with 20 people allowed in venues most businesses will still be crippled and far below capacity. Where are the visitors meant to go for breakfast or enjoy a few drinks in the evening?
“We’ve been very fortunate to be COVID-19 case free in Townsville for almost two months. That’s double the incubation period set out by Annastacia Palaszczuk – if we see an outbreak from a traveller from the South East the responsibility will lie solely and squarely with the Premier.”