South Australia Is Opening Its Borders to NSW So Time to Book a Wine-Fuelled Holiday
Sydneysiders will be allowed into SA (without quarantining) from this Thursday.
Since Australia started easing out of COVID-19 lockdown, the country's internal border restrictions have earned plenty of attention. With tactics to stop the spread of the coronavirus implemented at a state-by-state level, each Aussie state has navigated the situation in its own way when it comes to letting non-residents visit.
At the moment, residents from Queensland, Tasmania, WA, NT and the ACT are allowed to enter SA without restriction — and, from 12.01am on Thursday, September 24, NSW will also join that list.
In a press conference held today, Tuesday, September 22, Premier Steven Marshall revealed that SA will allow travellers from Sydney in from Thursday without having to quarantine for 14 days first — if there are no new cases of community transmission identified in NSW before midnight tonight.
"This will be a massive, massive relief for people who have been dislocated from friends, from family, from business opportunities," Marshall said at the press conference.
In the 24 hours leading up to 8pm on Monday, September 21, NSW recorded two new cases of COVID-19, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine. There has been some concern regarding a Sydney taxi driver who worked for a number of days while potentially infections, but, so far, no more cases have been connected to this.
SA was initially meant to reopen its border for all interstate travel back in July, before a spike of cases put this on ice.
If you're now eager to start planning an SA getaway, we have suggestions — whether you're eager to hit up Adelaide, or sip and sightsee your way around the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Limestone Coast or the Clare Valley.
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in South Australia, and the state's corresponding restrictions, visit its online COVID-19 hub.
Published on September 22, 2020 by Sarah Ward