A toddler stranded in NSW away from his parents for months will be granted an exemption to return home to Queensland.
His parents live in Howard, on Queensland’s Fraser Coast.
Less than an hour later, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the family would be reunited.
She also said the boy’s parents and grandparents had not applied for an exemption.
“We have to be asked to be able to give an exemption,” Dr Young said.
She said the boy was granted an exemption today after the Queensland government was made aware of the circumstances.
He will be flown into Queensland to undertake home quarantine
But Memphis’ mother Dominique Facer told 9News the response was “absolute spin” and she had only heard the exemption had been granted via the media.
“My mother and myself have both contacted Queensland Health numerous times.”
The Queensland border is closed to all people from interstate hotspots like New South Wales and Victoria, save for a small handful of essential workers, creating chaos in particular for families and businesses in the NSW border towns of Tweed and Coolangatta.
Ms Palaszczuk said that just 50 families will be permitted into the hotel quarantine system, which is at near-capacity.