New South Wales health officials are monitoring Victorian travelers arriving in Sydney by train and plane as part of a crackdown on Melbourne coronavirus hotspots.
- Passengers are screened at NSW airports and XPT stations
- Emergency orders prohibit people living in Victoria hot spots from entering New South Wales
- Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian says she prioritizes public safety in New South Wales
New health orders came into effect at midnight in New South Wales, which could see people fined or imprisoned if they travel north of the border from one of the Victorian hotspots.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian told Channel 7 that keeping the borders open with Victoria is the right thing to do.
Ms. Berejiklian said authorities are picking on those who do the wrong thing.
“Remember that health orders did not arrive until midnight, so we received advice on areas that the Victorian government had identified as hotspots and they will change,” she said.
“So we are looking at what we can do, in addition, and I understand that our health officials will do checks at the airport.”
Berejiklian told Channel 9 that public safety will always be a priority in New South Wales.
“We tell these people in these hot spots, while community transmission is where it is, you are not welcome in New South Wales.”
Residents of New South Wales returning from these hot spots will also be forced to quarantine for 14 days, said the New South Wales Minister of Health.
There have been eight new coronavirus infections in New South Wales today, all of which have returned from international travelers quarantined at the hotel.
The screening follows the NSW government’s announcement that it would ban people living in Victoria’s hotspots from entering the state.
In a tweet, New South Wales Minister of Health Brad Hazzard said staff have started screening passengers from Victoria to Sydney Airport and XPT stations.
Hazzard said yesterday that the state government had no choice but to implement the crackdown.
“It is not something we want to do, but we have to do it for our own safety.”
However, the implementation of screenings is in contradiction with the comments of the Minister of Health yesterday that it would be up to the police to enforce the new health orders.
“I would expect the police, if they see Victorian license plates, to look at who and where and make sure they don’t come from hot spots,” said Mr. Hazzard.
Hazzard said New South Wales “will not accept” residents of Melbourne who are trying to block Victoria Lock and “slide” across the border.
“As soon as you set foot in New South Wales, you will be exposed to the possibility of six months in prison and a $ 11,000 fine,” he said.
“So take it seriously, take it very, very seriously.”
Residents of New South Wales returning from these hotspots will also be forced to quarantine for 14 days, said Hazzard.