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Old 10th Oct 2021, 06:36
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This guy must really dislike his own family in NSW. Guess he doesn’t want them coming to Xmas in Rocko! They can FaceTime him from Singapore, it’s the same time zone at least
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Old 10th Oct 2021, 07:17
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McClown now has the worlds longest Covid (rabbit) proof fence, the idiot is welcome to it!
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Old 10th Oct 2021, 08:07
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Originally Posted by KRviator
But only in and out of the East Coast it seems...

Westyrannical Australia appears to be quite happy to stay in their Covid-Zero bubble.

Then there's

Of course, then there's this pearler:
Nothing like being able to fly home from Paris, but not continue on to Perth...
The price you pay for being virtually unaffected for the last 18 months.
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Old 10th Oct 2021, 11:03
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I sincerely hope if a positive person finds themselves on say, a ML-SY flight next month once borders are open, the entire manifest and crew does not need to isolate for a fortnight.

I see a Virgin flight today, one kid positive, everyone into isolation at a medi hotel.

Going to be positive kids on all flights shortly as they don’t have a vax approved yet.
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Old 10th Oct 2021, 12:55
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Originally Posted by Transition Layer
This guy must really dislike his own family in NSW. Guess he doesn’t want them coming to Xmas in Rocko! They can FaceTime him from Singapore, it’s the same time zone at least
Actually you might have some reason to be hopeful, the Health Minister this week indicated reopening would be, like all other states, around “end of the year”. We know the Covid chief has been given a Dec 31 deadline, the mining industry has been mandated and remote indigenous communities will preparing to be be separately isolated whilst the rest of the state is open. That was a concern that the entire state would be isolated while remote community vax rates remained low but now it seems they’ll independently isolated whilst the rest of the state is open. We know the WA first doses plus forward bookings are over 80% and pretty much all get one dose get two, and as the need for vaccines in NSW is decreased this can be redistributed elsewhere. I believed they’ve bought bookings forward which has also bought the projected 80% date forward too.

Seems to be a change in tone, with the government now taking about mask mandates and capacity restrictions in order to change the mindset of population. My personal thought is a hustle to get vaccinated pre Christmas and a reopening close to it, and I think they’ll be very close to when Qld, SA, Tas and NT open, a matter of a few weeks at most.


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Old 10th Oct 2021, 22:37
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Originally Posted by PoppaJo
I sincerely hope if a positive person finds themselves on say, a ML-SY flight next month once borders are open, the entire manifest and crew does not need to isolate for a fortnight.

I see a Virgin flight today, one kid positive, everyone into isolation at a medi hotel.

Going to be positive kids on all flights shortly as they don’t have a vax approved yet.
isolation rules are no longer 14 days
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 03:18
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Originally Posted by Ladloy
isolation rules are no longer 14 days

primary close contact in Victoria is still 14 days.
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 05:04
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Im guessing home quarantine after an international inbound flight will only be available if you are in driving distance of an international airport like SYD or MEL. I live in Tas so does that mean I still need to pay for hotel quarantine where I land and then additional home quarantine once I get back to Tas?
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 05:10
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The SA Premier: "I reckon our borders will be open by Christmas, so everyone can have family over!"
The SA Health CEO: "Aaaahhh...no..."
South Australia's top health bureaucrat has contradicted the expectations of the state's Premier, expressing doubt about a plan to scrap COVID-19 quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated interstate travellers by Christmas.

Last week, SA Premier Steven Marshall said he was hopeful that anyone looking to travel to SA who had been double vaccinated and had not been to any exposure sites "will be able to come back and enjoy a relatively normal Christmas". "I think people, this Christmas, can look forward to having people coming from interstate to spend time with them," he said on Wednesday. "People can have some confidence that as we get closer to Christmas there will be pathways for people to come back, and that we'll also be avoiding statewide lockdowns."

But SA Health chief executive Chris McGowan today indicated that that deadline may be premature.

"It's not our expectation that there'll be no quarantine requirements even for double vaccinated people at this stage," Mr McGowan told a parliamentary committee. When asked whether he was aware of any health advice suggesting that, by December 25, there would be no requirement for quarantining "if you're coming from interstate", Mr McGowan responded: "It may have come from someone else, but it hasn't come from me." Source
What is it with these McGowan blokes and their border policies? Are they bloody brothers or something?!? So what's that about following the "Health Advice" there, Premier?
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 06:32
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Health officials need to take a back seat now, those people’s time in the spotlight is over, this is where the Premiers need to grow a pair and start taking control. The old witch up north still runs rings around our so called leader. She needs to be sacked.

Dr Chant must feel like a third wheel now. It’s Dom’s show now. I would expect her resignation fairly soon.

Great to see someone taking control.
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 06:59
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Originally Posted by KRviator
The SA Premier: "I reckon our borders will be open by Christmas, so everyone can have family over!"
Even before the SA CHO's comments today Steven Marshall had said he would wait until vaccination rates were even across all SA Local Government Areas before easing border restrictions. Some LGAs in SA, in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide and rural areas primarily, are running about 20% behind the state average. So the Premier has a good excuse himself to not open up when the overall state average hits 80%.

Tasmania said they'd be aiming for 90% vaccinated, and the NT Chief Minister wants more than 80% to protect the territory's indigenous population. So they're all including little caveats to not open up if they deem that so.

What I think they're waiting for is NSW to be the canary in the coalmine and see how they do over the next 6 weeks. If hospitals aren't overwhelmed it'll bode well for reopening. If NSW hospitals are overwhelmed then the other states have a get out of jail card that wouldn't have had they set a firm reopening date.
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Old 11th Oct 2021, 08:01
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The only state I see holding out closures past Christmas will be WA. I can't see a reason for the East coast to remain closed, which is how much of the populace will see it. That will make it hard for any premier to keep shut and prevent dissent. McGowan is still riding on his electoral mandate, forget about WA. They will stay shut for a while yet.

Melbourne the weather has been good lately, everyone down the beach and in parks. Reminds me of the old Sunday trading rules with people out and about but shops and pubs closed. The lockdown is really only in name now, people are doing mostly what they want. I hear cars racing, doing burnouts at night as usual well past curfew. If the police are policing it they are not doing much. This is probably why the numbers are jumping up.

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Old 11th Oct 2021, 08:46
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As the rest of the world has shown, it's not about the number of infections once you move on from lockdowns and isolation. But rather the number of hospital admissions and serious illness/ deaths. Once you open up, the number of Covid-19 positive cases is no longer strictly relevant. We are probably all going to brush up against this virus in the next couple of years. Get vaccinated and stay healthy to ensure the best personal outcome from the inevitable contact.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:31
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Is anyone else asking the question of how does NSW decision to open on Nov 1st work in a practical sense. Presumably returning Australians can come home without a need to quarantine. What happens when 10,000 returning Australians return to Sydney and none of them live in NSW.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:35
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They'll spend a lot of money in NSW, for which we New South Welshmen will thank them!
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:38
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NSW back to normal - November 1

And there we have it folks. Quarantine-free international travel into and out of NSW from the 1st of November (2021 for the nay-sayers who would say it's not Nov 1 this year ).

Looks like you can go from Sydney to Paris before you can go to Perth. Or Brussels before you can go to Brisbane. Or Milan before you can go to Melbourne.

What a great C(o?)untry we live in.

Too bad The Dom isn't going to ban outrightunvaccinated travellers. Let other states deal with them and the risk for a change!
Originally Posted by The ABC
NSW to scrap quarantine for international arrivals from November 1 in major policy shift

NSW will open its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers — who will no longer need to quarantine in hotels, or at home — from next month.

Key points:
  • Unvaccinated travellers will still have to enter hotel quarantine but there will only be around 200 spots per week
  • NSW is the first state or territory to lift the requirement for quarantine
  • People from Sydney will not be able to travel to regional NSW until November 1
In a major policy shift, Premier Dominic Perrottet announced people from his state would "be travelling to Bali before Broome" when the reforms come into effect on November 1.
People wanting to arrive in Sydney from overseas will need to show proof they've received a TGA-approved vaccine, and undertake a PCR test for COVID-19 before they board their flight. "We are opening Sydney and NSW to the world, and that date will come in on November 1. [We] will work closely with the Commonwealth to ensure protections are in place so we keep people safe [as we] rejoin the world," Mr Perrottet said.

Since March 2020 all states and territories have required all overseas passengers to quarantine in hotels, at their own expense, for 14 days. Last month, then-premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a trial of home quarantine for eligible international arrivals but her successor, Mr Perrottet, has now pressed fast-forward on this transition. NSW is the only state to announce quarantine-free international travel. All interstate borders to NSW remain closed.

"We can't live here in hermit kingdom. So many businesses [here] rely on tourism for business and trade," Mr Perrottet said. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will still be required to enter hotel quarantine but there will only be 210 spots available per week. Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the November 1 date was chosen as it gave airlines two weeks to put on extra flights to NSW. The announcement comes as the state recorded 399 locally acquired COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday. Source
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:39
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Originally Posted by Xeptu
Is anyone else asking the question of how does NSW decision to open on Nov 1st work in a practical sense. Presumably returning Australians can come home without a need to quarantine. What happens when 10,000 returning Australians return to Sydney and none of them live in NSW.
Also find it bizarre that Scomo said one thing but NSW said another.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:42
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Originally Posted by Xeptu
Is anyone else asking the question of how does NSW decision to open on Nov 1st work in a practical sense. Presumably returning Australians can come home without a need to quarantine. What happens when 10,000 returning Australians return to Sydney and none of them live in NSW.
Maybe they will rent an air bnb or go to a reasonably priced hotel. I don't think you have to prove you are a resident in NSW.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 00:54
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WA and rest of the country are in lockdown, they just don’t realize it yet!
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 01:02
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Is anyone else asking the question of how does NSW decision to open on Nov 1st work in a practical sense. Presumably returning Australians can come home without a need to quarantine. What happens when 10,000 returning Australians return to Sydney and none of them live in NSW.
No. Just happy to see some common sense approaches finally. Now The Chairman and The Chook need to follow suit in the next few weeks and we can get on with it finally. Even WA will follow soon enough.

All the scaremongers and nay sayers will have to find another topic to bleat about!
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