- Jan 12, 2014
- LT Silver
The problem with interstate travel is not fear of Covid but fear of state government's reaction to an outbreak. I know plenty of people here in Sydney who are hopeful of spending Christmas on the NSW north or south coast. However almost no-one is planning to visit Queensland, Tassie, or even Victoria.That's a harder one as it sounds as though it relies on everyone being able to travel and move about. Unless some radical mindset changes occur, it's hard to see free travel across Australia any time soon, regardless of vaccination rates. Even if they threw open the borders tomorrow, there'll be a small but significant portion of the population who won't be comfortable travelling for a while.
The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but the extension of this seems to be that the Covid situation is always worse somewhere else. If it's not another State, it's another suburb. If you went to that suburb, it'd be the next street.
There is a general feeling that once overseas travel restarts almost anywhere you can go won't come with the potential risk factors of visiting other Australian states. It is very sad. I wouldn't want to be working in tourism in most of Australia for the foreseeable future. Only NSW will pick up quickly with its own population supporting it for fear of going anywhere else.