Sumary of South Australia could refuse returning residents under harsh new border rules with NSW:
- South Australia has announced brutal new border measures that could see even its own residents barred from re-entering the state.Premier Steven Marshall announced the tough stance after a Covid-positive removalist travelled to the state from NSW, via Victoria.Under the new rules, residents returning from Greater Sydney, where a Covid-19 outbreak is spiralling out of control, will need to apply for an exemption to come home after 11.59pm on Monday.The Premier said they will no longer be able to easily apply online for exemptions and “high-level scrutiny” will be placed on those travellers.Exemptions will still be available for people escaping domestic violence, but they must complete 14 days of isolation in hotel quarantine.Testing requirements for truck and freight drivers coming into SA for work will also be significantly increased.Camera IconPremier Steven Marshall said residents trying to get home from Greater Sydney would be subject to ‘high level scrutiny’
- before they are allowed back into South Australia.
- Credit: SuppliedMonday’s announcement comes hours after Queensland recommended residents currently in regional parts of New South Wales “come home” to avoid being caught out by rapidly shutting borders.New South Wales recorded 112 cases of Covid-19 on Monday, with nearly half of those not linked to any existing cluster.Victoria made the announcement on Sunday that as of 11.59pm, all of NSW and the ACT would become a “red zone”, meaning only Victorian residents could return home but would still have to undergo 14 days quarantine.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday morning authorities were monitoring the situation in the southern state “very closely” but would not reinstate a hard border yet, because all the cases are contained to Greater Sydney.“At the moment, because Greater Sydney is in lockdown, we are very comfortable with keeping the Greater Sydney are a hot spot,” she said.“However, my message to Queenslanders is if you are in those areas, come home.
- But I am giving everyone notice that we are monitoring this incredibly closely.”Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Sydney “continues to be the greatest national concern”.“We all need for the sake of the nation, we need Sydney to get on top of these outbreaks,” he said.Camera IconVictoria has slammed its borders shut to non-residents coming from NSW and the ACT.