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South Australia closes border to Victoria
22 August 2021
South Australians will need a specific exemption to return home
from Victoria from 6:00pm Sunday as the COVID-19 situation
deteriorates in the eastern state, SA’s Police Commissioner says.
It puts Victoria on par with New South Wales, where some SA
residents have been stranded for weeks waiting for permission to
According to the ABC, at this stage, the 70 kilometre cross-border
bubble will remain.
“That’s for this current point in time — we will obviously continue to
assess the situation in Victoria as it goes,” Police Commissioner
Grant Stevens said.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a reduction in case numbers and the lockdown
arrangements in that state get on top of the current outbreak.”
The increased restrictions are in response to the Victorian
government’s statewide lockdown, after positive cases were
identified in regional parts of the state.
Commissioner Stevens said authorities were giving a day’s notice on
the direction to prevent “excessive” queues forming at the state
Under the new rules, anyone who wants to travel into South
Australia from Victoria will be classified as level 6 and will have to
apply for exemptions to enter through SA Health.
People fleeing domestic violence will be subject to level 5
requirements, which include COVID-9 tests on days one, five and 13,
14 days of quarantine and wearing a mask at any time that they
come into contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival in SA.
Currently, in SA Level 1 restrictions apply. That means, 3 persons per
4 square metres (for seated activities) are allowed. Seated food and
beverage consumption only.
One person per 2 square metres (for non-seated activities).
Home gatherings are capped at 20 people including residents of the
Funerals and weddings are capped at 50 people and masks are
Adelaide, South Australia