The nation’s capital is pushing for a travel bubble to be implemented between South Australia and the ACT, preempting the reopening of the state’s borders.

The travel bubble would allow for free movement of people between the two regions, acting to boost tourism and allow those working in the defence industry to travel, The Advertiser reports.

However, Premier Steven Marshall maintains that the state should not open up its borders early.

The push for the travel bubble comes after Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly questioned why states continued to keep their borders shut.

“We’ve never suggested that internal borders in Australia should be closed, that’s been a decision by various states and it will be their decision as to when to open them,” Dr Kelly said in a press conference.

“From a medical point of view, I can’t see why the borders are still closed.”

While South Australia has now recorded another 13 straight days without a new, confirmed case of the coronavirus.


Meanwhile, other states continue to see increases in the number of daily cases reported, including NSW with which the ACT has no travel restrictions in place.