People flying into NSW from Victoria to now be forced into self-funded hotel quarantine

Passengers queuing at Sydney Domestic Airport, Sydney, Friday, July 31, 2020. Source: AAP

The move comes 24 hours after NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was unnecessary.

People flying into New South Wales from coronavirus-hit Victoria will soon be forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine at their own expense.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday that entries to NSW from Victoria would be restricted to Sydney Airport, except for border communities with permits.

Those returning through Sydney Airport will then be sent into 14 days of hotel quarantine, as is currently the practice for those returning from overseas.


The change will come into effect at 12.01am on Friday.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep NSW safe, that has always been our position, and there's no doubt the situation in Victoria is top of mind for us," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

"Our approach has been absolutely rigorous."

Victoria recorded 15 deaths and 725 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the state's worst day of the pandemic to date.

Amid growing pressure to put tougher restrictions on air travel from Victoria, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Tuesday said there were no plans to make such a move.

Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday said the ramping up of quarantine requirements was based on an "evolving health situation".

NSW reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, which followed news the Queensland government had declared the entire state a virus hotspot.

The NSW-Queensland border will be again shut from 1am on Saturday.

"We have seen that Victoria is not getting better and we're not going to wait for NSW to get worse. We need to act," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

Ms Berejiklian said the decision was a matter for the Queensland government.

Of NSW's 12 new cases on Wednesday, just one was in hotel quarantine. There were two linked to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park restaurant cluster, two connected to the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point and six associated with the funeral cluster.

One of the new cases was locally acquired with no known source.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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Additional reporting by Evan Young.

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