Regional coronavirus travel ban to be lifted: Katrina Humphries slams decision

The state government has made the decision to lift the ban on regional travel, but Katrina Humphries has slammed the move.

The state government has made the decision to lift the ban on regional travel, but Katrina Humphries has slammed the move.

BUSINESSES might be bracing for an increase in trading, thanks to travel restrictions being eased by the state government, but it's not all welcomes news.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the ban on regional travel would be lifted on June 1, giving businesses a chance to reopen.

But the decision has not been welcomed in all sectors.

Moree mayor and NSW Country Mayors Association chairwoman Katrina Humphries slammed the government's decision because of a lack of consultation with communities.

"It's very frustrating because we can't cater for our locals as it is and we haven't been given any guidelines or a plan at all," Cr Humphries said.

"We can't really move around within ourselves yet, so why would we be embracing travellers?

"I have had no consultation about this opening up on June 1, despite us sending a letter to the government offering to help and and I chair the NSW Country Mayors Association."

Cr Humphries said she believed the easing of restrictions had "come a month to soon" and many people within her community were still concerned about the threat of coronavirus.

"We've protected our community and we have been really diligent with travel, obeyed the rules and now the Premier has basically said 'we are going to open the floodgates'," she said.

"In my opinion, we want to move forward but we are not ready for it and there hasn't been any guidelines surrounding it.

"This is policy on the run and we all know policy on the run, that hasn't been thought through, ends in tears."