International arrivals in Sydney will be limited to 350 people a day under tighter COVID-19 restrictions to ensure returned travellers dont overwhelm the New South Wales health and hotel quarantine system.
Announcing the decision on July 19, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the step was necessary to make sure the state stays in a strong position to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.
“Our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of NSW, and this new cap will help us protect our state from COVID-19,” Berejiklian said in a statement.
“NSW is the gateway to Australia and it is important that passengers returning home do not overrun the capacity of NSW Health and hotel quarantine.”
The new airport cap will apply from 12.01 a.m. on July 20 under an agreement with the federal government.
It further reduces the current cap of 450 people introduced on July 5.
Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres said Australians have been given plenty of time to return from overseas.
“It is incredibly important the volume of returning travellers does not undo the great work of the people of NSW,” Ayres said in a statement on July 20.
“The people, businesses and industries of NSW can only operate in this new normal if we effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19, and further limiting the cap on returning travellers will help ensure this.”
Meanwhile, the retail, fast-food and warehouse workers union is urging people to not visit the shops after being tested for coronavirus.
“If you are getting tested it is out of a concern you might have COVID,” the SDAs NSW/ACT secretary Bernie Smith said in a statement on July 20.
“Dont go to the shops after you are tested. Wait for your test results. Dont go until you know. Dont put the health of the workers in the store and other shoppers at risk.
“Particularly in the wake of these new COVID-19 clusters in some parts of Sydney, the community needs to be extra vigilant and ensure were doing everything we can to keep each other safe.”
The union says it has written to Health Minister Brad Hazzard asking for additional signage around testing areas and shopping centre precincts to remind people to go straight home after being tested.
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