NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has insisted her state will remain open as other states and territories rush to shut out South Australians after a fresh coronavirus outbreak in Adelaide.
Ms Berejiklian has placed her trust in South Australia to contain a soaring coronavirus cluster as some of the nation’s other state and territory leaders announced travel restrictions following the sudden emergence of cases.
She refused to conform with other states and territories in naming South Australia a hotspot after 17 new locally acquired cases.
“We don't need to do anything differently at this stage,” she told reporters on Monday.
“You can't shut down borders and disrupt lives every time there is an outbreak, and disrupt businesses.”
Restrictions on travellers arriving from South Australia
Northern Territory’s Michael Gunner and Tasmania’s Peter Gutwein both announced new measures over fears the virus could spread interstate.
Chief Minister Gunner says anyone travelling to the Territory from South Australia will now be forced into supervised quarantine for 14 days.
Premier Gutwein called on anyone who had arrived from South Australia in the past week to immediately isolate while those arriving from Monday would be expected to quarantine at home or pre-booked accomodation.
Queensland border shuts to Adelaide from Tuesday
And Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk later announced she was in discussions regarding similar restrictions before the state revealed it will impose 14-day hotel quarantine on all visitors from Adelaide as of Tuesday.
Anyone who is in Queensland and has been in Adelaide over the previous seven days is asked to self-quarantine immediately.
Queensland borders will close to Adelaide from 11.59pm tonight following the latest COVID-19 outbreak.
We’re asking anyone in Queensland who’s been to Adelaide in the past seven days to immediately get tested and self-quarantine, even if they don't have symptoms.#covid19aus pic.twitter.com/FebgkT8LYS
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) November 16, 2020
In what is a remarkable change in fate, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews was in a position on Monday to name a different state a hotspot after 17 days of no new cases in Victoria, saying arrivals from South Australia would be questioned at Melbourne Airport.
It follows Western Australia’s decision to quarantine any arrivals from South Australia on Sunday.
Ms Berejiklian took yet another border swipe at Ms Palaszczuk and WA’s Premier Mark McGowan over their continued reserved approach.
“I think we need confidence in our on system and those from other states. That is why I got frustrated when places like Queensland and WA keep their borders up,” she said.
“I want us to have faith, not just in our on health system, but the contact tracing of others and we need to acknowledge that we need to live with the pandemic.”
If the situation did escalate out of control Ms Berejiklian would reconsider and in the mean time NSW authorities would ensure that anybody coming to NSW had not visited any of the Adelaide venues where the virus was spreading.
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