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After the coronavirus cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches grew to 17 people on Thursday, other states and territories have swiftly introduced a range of border closures and restrictions.
Western Australia has imposed a 14 day quarantine on anyone who has been to New South Wales since 11 December, and Tasmania has barred entry to anyone who has been in the northern beaches.
Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory have also imposed restrictions.
Here are the current border restrictions as of Friday 18 December.
Anyone who was in the northern beaches region on or since Friday 11 December 2020, and who arrives in Queensland after 1am Saturday 19 December must go into hotel quarantine, at their own expense, for 14 days.
That 14 days is calculated from the date the person left the northern beaches.
People who were already on their way to Queensland, and who arrive before 1am on 19 December must still quarantine – but can do so in their home or accommodation.
These rules apply equally to visitors and to Queensland residents returning home.
Anybody who is already in Queensland, and was in the northern beaches since Friday 11 December is recommended to get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the northern beaches.
Anyone currently in Victoria who was in the northern beaches on or since Friday 11 December must get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the northern beaches. The 14 day quarantine rule applies to anyone who has been in the northern beaches area who enters Victoria after Thursday 17 December.
The Victorian government will announce further advice for travellers arriving into Victoria from the northern beaches or other NSW exposure sites after midnight Saturday 19 December 2020 on Friday.
Western Australia has imposed blanket restrictions on all travellers from NSW.
As of Friday 18 December, anyone who has been in NSW since 11 December and arrives in WA must go into hotel quarantine for 14 days.
And anyone who is already in WA, but came from NSW since 11 December must get tested for Covid-19 by Saturday 19 December, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
The NT has declared the northern beaches local government area a Covid hotspot.
This means that anyone looking to enter the NT who has been in the northern beaches is “advised to cancel your plans”.
Anyone who has been in the northern beaches in the 14 days before they arrive in the NT must enter supervised quarantine, in either Alice Springs or Darwin, and pay $2,500 per person.
That includes NT residents who return to the territory.
The northern beaches local government area has been declared a hotspot by Tasmania. This means anyone who has been there on or since Friday 11 December is not permitted to enter Tasmania.
Anyone who is already in Tasmania and has been in the northern beaches on or after 11 December must self-isolate immediately.
The ACT currently has no border restrictions in place but says any residents who have been in the northern beaches area from Friday 11 December 2020 need to immediately self quarantine and get tested. The government advises Canberrans not to travel to the northern beaches area of Sydney at this time.
South Australia has not yet announced any border restrictions.
Source: The Guardian
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