There has been both some tightening and loosening of restrictions for certain Aussie travellers in response to the country’s ever-changing COVID-19 situation.
Following the recent emergence of a positive coronavirus case in NSW, Tasmania has declared 12 locations – 11 in the Wollongong area and one in Brighton Le Sands in Sydney – as ‘high risk’.
Tasmania’s Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Veitch, said who has been at any of these locations at the specified dates and times must self-isolate immediately and call the state’s Public Health Hotline for further advice.
“People planning to travel to Tasmania from NSW who have been at the high-risk locations will be required to apply to the Deputy State Controller to enter Tasmania, including returning Tasmanians,” he said.
“If allowed to enter, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.”
Tasmania has also flagged three high-risk locations in Melbourne’s western and north-western suburbs, following Victoria’s contact tracing of a new case of COVID-19.
In good news for Western Australians, Tasmania has eased its border restrictions on people arriving from the state, with the 14-day quarantine requirement revoked after WA ended its five-day snap lockdown.
Over in the Northern Territory, the government has declared the Melbourne suburbs of Maidstone, Sunshine and Taylors Lakes as hotspots, meaning anyone arriving in the NT from one of these areas in the last 14 days must undertake two weeks of mandatory supervised quarantine.
Meanwhile, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has downgraded Sydney’s Cumberland local government area from an orange zone to a green zone under the state’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.
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