If you live in Mount Isa and fancy a weekend in Karumba, as of this weekend you can do it without a permit.
Last week the shire of Carpentaria opened its borders with the council saying anyone within a 500km radius of the Shire - including Mount Isa - could travel there and book in tourism parks and overnight accommodation.
However at that stage people still needed an online permit to enter Normanton and Karumba.
Now the Council says it will cease the road and air travel permits as of noon this Friday May 22 as COVID-19 restrictions are eased by the Queensland Government.
Council said it processed over 1200 travel applications over the past few months, which enabled them to track movements of people into the shire.
"Council is happy to report that there were no active COVID -19 cases over the course of the permit system and with only 12 active cases remaining in the state, we are heading in the right direction," the Council said in a statement.
"As we near stage 2 of Queensland Governments easing of restrictions on June 12, Council feels the shire is now is a position to be able to lift the permit regulations without hindering the safety of our town and our residents."
People are encouraged to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene and other health regulations and directions as well as download the COVIDSafe app to keep up to date.
CEO Mark Crawley said the community was very supportive in following the permit process.
"It is time for us to now focus on re-building our tourism and as the restrictions continue to ease over the coming months, change our focus to re-building economic stability within our town".
"Our local businesses have taken a hit during this pandemic and it is important we all rally together to re-build the essential foundations of what makes us a town to visit," he said.
"We have so much to offer as a destination and we need to start looking forward".
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