What Does This Mean For Sydneysiders?
For the first time in 2021, Sydneysiders will be allowed to travel into South Australia starting Sunday. This is given the fact that there are no new coronavirus cases in New South Wales.
Since New Year’s Day, a hard border was strictly imposed, thus Sydney, Wollongong and Central Coast residents have been banned from entering SA. Whilst, South Australians returning home have had to do a 14-day quarantine on returning.
Now, South Australia’s Transition Committee today agreed to remove those restrictions, which was subject to the identification of no further cases of coronavirus in NSW.
This means that from 12:01 am on Sunday morning, anyone who has been in the Greater Sydney area since restrictions were imposed will now be permitted to travel to South Australia without the requirement to undergo quarantine.
That being said, travellers who have been in Sydney, Wollongong or the Central Coast will still be required to come forward for testing.
As per SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens “The obligation on them will be to submit to a PCR test on day one, five and 12 and after the day one test they are required to isolate until they get their PCR result.”
Prior to being allowed out from quarantine, they will need to return a negative result on their day one test. Testing requirements on travellers from regional NSW, on the other hand, will be removed.
In line with the new measures, Sydney arrivals who are currently serving their 14-day quarantine will be able to leave on Sunday morning but will need to submit to PCR tests.
Many have been delighted by this news, including the police commissioner who said that the move was the “most reasonable step we think we can put in place” to allow “freedom of movement between NSW and South Australia”.
He added “It’s very evident that imposing these restrictions has a significant impact on families and communities, on business, on social activities between different groups. So we’re trying to find that middle ground position where we’re protecting South Australians but enabling as much travel as possible between states and territories, so this is a good step forward. “
The commissioner then rests assured that they’ll persist in monitoring the situation in NSW and as soon as they can remove that PCR testing for Greater Sydney.
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