South Australia is set to open its border to NSW residents for the first time in months from as early as this Thursday.
The border opening is subject to no community transmission between now and Thursday. From then on, people coming into South Australia from NSW will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
One potential roadblock to the border reopening is the recent case of a Silver Service taxi driver who worked for eight days in several areas around Sydney’s west and southeast earlier this month.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said health authorities have identified “a large number” of passengers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the cab from September 7 to 10, and 14 to 18. With contact tracers unable to identify up to nine of that taxi’s fares.
Despite this, the SA premier has decided to proceed with caution towards a border reopening.
“SA Health has all the necessary information with regard to that case over the weekend,” SA Premier Steven Marshall said today.
“The high level of cooperation between SA Health and NSW Health has given us all the confidence that this is the right decision.”
This news comes as slight consolation after it was recently revealed that a trans-tasman bubble between Australia and New Zealand may not be on the cards until march 2021, although this is all just speculation at the moment, with no official word as yet from either Ardern or Morrison.
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