South Australia has barred almost all Victorian residents from entering the state and plans to prevent South Australians from returning without specific exemptions from next week as a coronavirus outbreak grows across the border.
Key points:

  • No new COVID cases have been recorded in South Australia
  • South Australian residents returning from Victoria will have to do a 14-day quarantine
  • A 70km border bubble with western Victoria will remain in place

Effective immediately, only SA residents, people genuinely relocating or those fleeing domestic violence can enter from Victoria.
There is still a 70-kilometre cross-border bubble zone but Victorians cannot go any further into South Australia.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has warned South Australian residents to come home now and do two weeks of home quarantine, or risk being locked out early next week, due to the deteriorating situation in Victoria.
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens says more restrictions may come in this week.(ABC News
They would then need to apply for limited exemptions from SA Health as is currently the case for SA residents in New South Wales.
“We will be continually monitoring the situation in Victoria, and it is likely that early next week we will make further changes which will even prevent returning South Australians from coming in without applying for a specific exemption from SA Health,” Mr Stevens said.
“I think this gives you some indication as to the level of concern we have for the situation interstate.”
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People who are allowed into South Australia from Victoria will have to get tested on their first, fifth and 13th day in the state.
The South Australian government last night added a rule that people who had done two weeks’ hotel quarantine in Sydney after arriving from overseas would have to again spend two weeks isolated once arriving in SA.
A family stuck in the NSW ski resort of Perisher has been granted an exemption to return to Adelaide.
A police officer queries the movements of a motorist at the border checkpoint near Mount Gambier.(ABC South East SA: Sandra Morello
No new cases recorded
No new coronavirus cases were recorded in South Australia yesterday.
There are now 14 active cases in the state all of them in hotel quarantine and none in hospital.
There had been concerns about cases linked with three exposure sites in Tailem Bend that two COVID-positive removalists visited last Friday, July 9, on their way back from McLaren Vale to Sydney.
Almost 300 people connected with the Coles Express service station, the associated Coolabah Tree Cafe and the separate OTR petrol station at The Bend Motorsport Park are now in isolation.
The Coolabah Tree Cafe is one of three exposure sites in Tailem Bend that the removalists visited.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall
More than 2 million QR check-ins were recorded on Thursday the second most on record after a call for everyone to use them after three times more credit card transactions were recorded at the exposure sites than check-ins using the mySA GOV app.
A state government spokesperson said additional testing stations along the NSW and Victorian border had been set up, with extra resources added to existing sites at Yamba and Mount Gambier.
New locations are also being set up at Bordertown and Pinnaroo, while the site at Tailem Bend is now operating 24 hours a day.
SA Health, SA Pathology and SA Police are meeting with truck drivers’ representatives over the weekend to hear their concerns about repeated testing.
Concerns about Phillip Island travel
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said of particular concern was exposure sites outside of Melbourne.
A number of exposure sites were announced today on Victoria’s Phillip Island.
“There’s a real risk and a real concern from a Victorian perspective but also our perspective that there have been tourists in that area who will be moving now back to their home and that could be in South Australia,” Professor Spurrier said.
People who have been to Phillip Island from July 1215 and are now in South Australia are being contacted and will have to self-quarantine.
QR check-ins have risen over the past week.(ABC News
Professor Spurrier said South Australia was fighting against infiltration from the Delta variant.
“It feels to me like we’ve got a dam when we’ve got our borders in place and the water is coming up behind it and we’re getting more and more cases,” she said.
“We’re trying to hold that back by having our border controls but we all need to be mindful that is porous, that it is possible for people to come across and not be aware that they might be carrying this virus.
“So it’s important for all of us to think about the symptoms that we’ve got.”
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