SA locks out Melburnians from entry

SA locks out Melburnians from entry

South Australian health officials imposed a hard border to travellers from Greater Melbourne at midnight, after new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Victorian capital.

Yesterday the government announced its intention to enforce the strict measures, allowing travellers from Melbourne into the state until midnight last night on the condition they isolate on arrival and get tested on the first day in SA.

Those who made it in before the deadline and test negative will then be allowed to leave isolation.

Yesterday SA's Police Commissioner Grant Stevens (pictured) said he was waiting for more specific details about the latest outbreak in Melbourne from VIC's Department of Health.

"We're looking for the indicators that those jurisdictions are getting on top of whatever issues they have, and that their contact tracing and quarantine processes are effective, and the community testing for COVID-19 is also at the level we believe is satisfactory to identify any community transmission," Stevens said.

"It's a very dynamic and moving situation. Our steps in South Australia are taken with an abundance of caution to make sure that we are minimising the risk."

Travellers from regional Victoria will not be impacted by this change to the border restrictions.

Updated at 10:05am AEDT on 11 February 2021.

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