- South Australians returning from Victoria will need exemption to cross border
- Will be banned entering the state from 6pm Sunday, must apply for exemption
- Those granted approval to quarantine at home must install signs at premises
22 August, 2021
South Australians returning home from Victoria will be forced to put signs on the front of their homes warning the world they are self-isolation.
The invasive requirement is among harsher conditions for entering the state from Victoria as the outbreak grows by 65 on Sunday.
Returning South Australians and anyone relocating there will be banned from entering the state and must apply for a SA Health exemption to come in.
If they are granted approval, they must quarantine at home for 14 days will be provided a sign, which must be displayed at the front of their homes.
The sign states that no visitors are allowed while the household is in isolation and for deliveries to be left at the front door.
South Australians returning from Victoria will face tougher rules from 6pm Sunday. Pictured are travellers at Adelaide Airport
‘They will be given a personal direction by an authorised officer requiring them to ensure the sign is displayed,’ police said.
‘People who are required to quarantine at home are reminded that regular compliance checks will take place.
‘Those people found not to be complying with the requirements may be subject to a fine or prosecution.’
The signs will also apply to residents who already return home and are still self-isolation.
‘Those returning South Australian residents who are currently required to quarantine at home will be able to still return to South Australia and quarantine at home,’ Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.
‘However, they will be given a quarantine sign and be given a personal direction by an authorised officer to display that sign on the front of the premises they’re quarantining at for the 14-day period.’
The new rules sparked anger and confusion, as they made getting back to SA more difficult and time consuming, locking many out for months.
Returning South Australians granted an exemption to quarantine at home will have to erect this sign (pictured)
‘I waited over three weeks for an exemption to be told I now to have to hotel quarantine, so this information about signage at your resident of isolation is confusing and misleading,’ one person relocating from country NSW posted online.
Another added: ‘My partner, who is genuinely relocating after finishing up a job in regional Victoria and who applied for an exemption/border clearance well over a week ago, hasn’t had any correspondence back is now unable to return at all.
‘I’m all for keeping SA safe, he intends to do the right thing but can’t leave without the paperwork. It’s just so frustrating.’
The 70km cross-border bubble will stay in place.
‘That’s for this current point in time — we will obviously continue to assess the situation in Victoria as it goes,’ Commissioner Stevens said.
‘Hopefully, we’ll see a reduction in case numbers and the lockdown arrangements in that state get on top of the current outbreak.’
Those travelling from Victoria, NSW and ACT are banned from entering South Australia. Pictured are health workers at Adelaide Airport
People entering the state to flee domestic violence will be subject to level five requirements, which includes a Covid test on days one, five, and 13.
SA eased border restrictions for Queensland and the Northern Territory, but banned anyone from arriving from NSW or Canberra.
‘The Delta strain is giving us concern that we are more likely than not to face ‘seeding’ from those jurisdictions,’ Commissioner Stevens said.
‘We need to be prepared for that and take every opportunity to get on with our activities as much as we can, knowing that there’s a possibility that we might place further restrictions in a given situation.
‘Our greatest risk comes from the NSW and Victoria situation and in those two states we have hard borders in place.
‘But, notwithstanding those borders, we’ll still need to allow certain activities to occur between those states including freight movement and that carries risk.’