Premier Steven Marshall and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr Emily Kirkpatrick addressed the South Australian public this morning in regards to SA’s covid-ready plan, stating that our borders will go ahead with opening on Tuesday November 23rd.
All visitors to SA must be fully vaccinated, unless an exemption is obtained, the same goes for leaving and returning to SA.
Premier Marshall said that all of Victoria and NSW is now above the 80% LGA rate required for entry into SA, with Byron Bay the only city below par.
Those entering from NSW, Victoria and the ACT will be required to have a covid test in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.
A daily symptom check for 14 days via a phone app will then be required.
People coming from an area with an LGA of 80-90% will also need a test on their arrival.
As of next Tuesday, overseas travellers to the state will have their quarantine time reduced from two weeks to seven days.
Entry checks go live at 5pm this afternoon, allowing people to go online and fill out their details to find out what category they are in regarding what restrictions will be in place. Thousands of people are expected to apply to come into the state from 5pm this afternoon.
A print out of your vaccination record from your GP is also an acceptable substitute to provide proof of vaccination against covid.
Vaccination checks will be available from next week, with people being able to use a QR code to prove their vaccination status.
Dr Emily Kirkpatrick says travellers from local government areas with vaccination rates lower than 90 per cent will not be allowed to attend high risk settings such as aged care facilities and major events, including the Adelaide Ashes test.
This includes any event where there is a covid management plan, with these individuals not allowed to attend high-risk events during the fourteen days quarantine period.
They’ll also have to undergo tests within 24 hours of arrival in SA, and again on days six and 13.
She says while the model suggests that restrictions will lift once SA hits the 90% vaccination rate, it’ll still depend on our covid status.
The Premier has not indicated a mandatory vaccination for all South Australians as of yet, suggesting that many people would lose their jobs overnight if it was implemented at this stage.
The premier also announced that the operating times and days of our primary testing sites at Victoria Park and Ridgehaven testing centres will be extended to 24 hours, 7 days a week with an additional 100 extra staff to be rostered on.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.
Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting
More information, including exposure sites is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing