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Updates to COVID-19 Directions 8 January 2021

08 Jan 2021 7:09pm

Two COVID-19 Directions have been updated in South Australia in response to the recent Queensland COVID-19 outbreak.

Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel and Residential Aged Care Directions. These updates provide prohibited entry for those travelling from Queensland requirements for mask wearing inside Airports and on all flights.

It is important that anyone intending to travel from Queensland reads the following information.

Cross Border Travel Direction No 27

The Cross Border No 27 Direction comes into effect as of 12.01am on Saturday 9 January 2021.

The changes are as follow:

Masks

  • Masks (covering the nose and mouth) must now be worn on all airplanes an in all airport terminals. Exemptions apply if a person has a relevant medical condition with evidence, they need to see a person mouth for essential communication including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, when eating or drinking or is a child under the age of 12

High Community Transmission Zone  is now defined as the following:

  • New South Wales
  • The Greater Brisbane Area which includes local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and the Redlands.

Entry from the Greater Brisbane Area

  • People who arrive in South Australia from 12.01am on Saturday (9 January 2021) morning, having been in Greater Brisbane must self-quarantine for 14 days at a suitable location and receive a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 12.
  • People who have arrived in South Australia between Saturday 2 January and Friday 8 January 2021 (inclusive) and have been in the Greater Brisbane Area any time since 2 January 2021 are not required to self-quarantine but must receive a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on 13 January 2021.  People are encouraged to remain isolated until returning their first negative result.
    Note- People who are classified as a Greater Brisbane Arrival cannot attend an event in South Australia with more than 1000 people until they have received a negative COVID-19 test result after the test conducted on the 13 January 2021.
  • People can travel through the Brisbane airport if they have been in a Low Community Transmission Zone (ACT, NT, TAS, VIC, WA, NZ or QLD other than the Greater Brisbane Area), they wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth and is present for no longer than 2 hours without the need for self-quarantine or COVID-19 testing upon arrival in SA.
  • People can travel through the Greater Brisbane Area from a Low Community Transmission Zone providing they do not stop in the area, wear a face mask when in contact with the public and travel via the most direct and practicable route stopping in unless for emergency/respite/essential purposes.

Entry from New South Wales

  • People are not permitted to travel into South Australia if they are travelling from New South Wales or have been in New South Wales 14 days prior to entry exceptions apply to Essential Travellers and exempt arrivals.
  • People can travel through the Sydney airport if they have been in a Low Community Transmission Zone, they wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth and is present for no longer than 2 hours without the need for self-quarantine or COVID-19 testing upon arrival in SA.
  • People can travel through New South Wales from a Low Community Transmission Zone the they do not stop in Greater Sydney Region, they wear a face mask when in contact with public and travel via most direct and practicable route not stopping in any other part of New South Wales unless for emergency/respite/essential purposes.

Essential Travellers

  • Essential Travellers status is not required for people who have been in Low Community Transmission Zone (ACT, NT, TAS, VIC, WA, NZ or QLD other than the Greater Brisbane Area) for the previous 14 days.
  • Essential Travellers are now classified as people who have been in NSW and Greater Brisbane Area. Essential Travellers must apply through the Cross Border Travel Registration and must be approved before entering South Australia. https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
  • Commercial Transport and freight services workers must receive a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 12 upon arrival in South Australia.
  • For Essential Traveller requirements please refer to the Essential Traveller Requirement Table located on the covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction No 22
The Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22 Direction comes into effect as of Saturday 9 January 2021.

The only change to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction is:

  • People from Queensland are not permitted to enter an aged care facility (unless they have an exemption and prior approval from the facility and SA Health as a pre-approved essential traveller).
  • A person who has entered SA and completed 14 days of quarantine is free to move around SA and also enter a Residential Aged Care Facility.

Other existing requirements remain. The information above only highlights the changes key made to the Directions and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Directions for further information.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 26) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 27)(COVID-19) Direction 2020. The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 21)(COVID-19) Direction has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19