NSW changes covid border rules

NSW has changed its rules for Brisbane and Moreton Bay after residents from the Queensland regions emerged from lockdown.

It came as officials recognised the difficulty for some in working between borders.

Previously, travellers into NSW from the two local government areas had to self-isolate and quarantine at their place of residence for 14 days after the state shutdown when a surprise new local case forced the snap decision. The state’s Alpha cluster rose to 23 yesterday.

Restrictions still remain in the community until July 16 and the state recorded four new local cases on Monday, with masks remaining mandatory.

Since the regions’ lockdown was lifted on Saturday night and despite several new exposure sites, NSW Health lifted the stay-at-home order for people in NSW who have been in Brisbane and Moreton Bay, or who wish to enter NSW from these Queensland locations.

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Picture: Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia

All people who have been in Greater Sydney since 21 June must, however, must continue to follow the stay-at-home orders until 14 days have passed since they were last in Greater Sydney, NSW Health said.

Declarations are still required when people enter NSW after being in Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

“However, under an exemption signed today, people living and working in Queensland border areas who frequently enter NSW must now complete a declaration every 72 hours instead of every 24 hours,” officials said.

The declaration will investigate whether a person has attended an exposure site and if they are deemed a risk.

The declaration form can be completed in the 24-hour period before entering NSW or on arrival.

“The information gathered via the travel declaration is vital in allowing NSW Health to contact travellers if necessary.” NSW Health said.

Interstate travellers who have been in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria in the past 14 days, with the exception of those living in the NSW/Victoria border region, must continue to fill out a declaration on entry into NSW.

Those travellers who have also been to what is deemed a “close contact venue” must not enter NSW unless they are a NSW resident, or transiting to the ACT.

If they are in NSW, they must self-isolate until it has been 14 days since they were last at the close contact venue.

The same rules apply for those travellers who have been to a “casual contact venue”, or they have had a negative COVID-19 result after being at the venue.

“NSW Health urges all interstate travellers to regularly check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website, Queensland Health website, WA Health website and NT Government website for recently added venues of concern linked to recent COVID-19 cases,” a statement said.

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