South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall outlines COVID-19 requirements ahead of state borders reopening


Fully vaccinated travelers from central Sydney and Melbourne will be allowed entry into South Australia when borders open on Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the state announced today.

SA Premier Steven Marshall has said fully vaccinated travelers from all areas of Victorian-era local government and New South Wales will be allowed to travel, with the exception of Byron Bay, which does not has yet to achieve an 80% vaccination rate.

But travelers from local government areas with vaccination rates below 90 percent will be barred from traveling to high-risk environments such as elderly care and major events such as the Adelaide Ash Test.

There had been some concern that a statistical anomaly meant people in the local government areas of central Sydney and Melbourne would be locked out when the borders reopened.

“The good news is that everything has been clarified now, and as of next Tuesday we are good to go,” Mr. Marshall said.

Those traveling from NSW, Victoria and ACT will need to be tested for COVID within 72 hours of arriving in South Africa and will need to undergo a daily symptom check for 14 days via an app. telephone.

Those traveling from a local government area with an immunization rate below 90 percent will also need to be tested within 24 hours of arriving in South Africa, and again on days 6 and 13.

Mr Marshall said on Tuesday that anyone entering South Australia must be fully vaccinated, regardless of their state of origin.

Mr Marshall said exemptions would still be processed for people who could not be vaccinated, but he expected the number of requests to “drop”.

Mr Marshall said that with the reopening of the borders it was “inevitable that there would be cases entering South Australia”.

“We want to minimize the risk of this disease taking hold in our state,” he said.

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