Restrictions to ease in Mount Gambier, with cross border bubble reinstated

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public today regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Mount Gambier.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public today regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Stevens and SA Health called the presser to provide an update on the reexamining of the circumstances impacting the South East of the state, as well as the current restrictions in place in the local area.  

As a result of the advice presented by SA Health on the restrictions placed on three government areas of Wattle Range, Grant and City of Mount Gambier have been lifted and are returning to the same conditions that apply to SA effective immediately.

The 70km cross border bubble will be reinstated for South Australia and Victoria this afternoon, excluding the township of Portland. Stevens ascertains the reason for the exclusion is a result of COVID positive wastewater found in the township. The previous restrictions reduced the cross border arrangement to 30kms last weekend. However, Stevens maintains that the bubble being reinstated does not mean it is free for all to cross, stating that those wishing to enter SA must reach the longstanding requirements in place.

Regarding the woman who tested positive in Mount Gambier on October 4, no further COVID cases have been linked to the positive result. Those identified as primary and secondary contacts have all returned a negative COVID result, with the woman’s family member testing negative as late as October 6. The woman had previously been allowed to enter South Australia via the cross border arrangement from Victoria.

As of October 18, citizens included in the cross border bubble will have to have at least one COVID vaccination to cross, with the 7-day COVID testing requirement still in place for those travelling across the border. This is to ensure that SA’s health system can cope with potential cases entering the state from Victoria and New South Wales

SA Health maintains that checking in with QR codes is still extremely important, as is making sure you are getting your vaccines.

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