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Residents returning from Victoria to face mandatory 14 day quarantine

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NSW residents returning from Victoria will soon be required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days when they re-enter the state.

The NSW Government announced the move today in a bid to to protect the wider NSW community from the escalating COVID-19 situation in Victoria.

In effect from 12.01am this Friday, anyone returning will enter the 14 day quarantine at their own expense. The cost will be the same as returning international travellers.

All returning NSW residents, unless they live within the NSW border regions, will only be allowed to return to NSW through Sydney Airport.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this new line of defence would further reduce the risk during this critical time in the pandemic.

“I realise this may be difficult for some people, but the changing situation in Victoria means we must exercise extreme caution,” she said.

“The health of our citizens and economy must be protected – and the health advice says this is the best way to do it.

“We will also further limit the reasons Victorians can seek exemptions to come into NSW.”

There is no change to existing arrangements for border communities.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said a robust health screening process will continue at the airport to protect the NSW community.

“NSW Health staff will continue to rigorously screen incoming passengers from Victoria, doing health and temperature checks, ensuring masks are worn and checking their permits,” Mr Hazzard said.    

“Our staff will also continue to ensure that anyone who is unwell or showing symptoms is shuttled safely to our quarantine health hotels for care under isolation.”

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