More than 800 overseas arrivals will fly into Adelaide this weekend from corona hotspots like India and Indonesia – as authorities prepare strict quarantine plan
- 800 Australians will return to Adelaide from international locations this weekend
- The flights will arrive by June 28 from South America, India and Indonesia
- Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said there is a strict quarantine plan in place
- It comes days before South Australia eases restrictions to allow clubs to open
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More than 800 Australians returning home from overseas will fly into Adelaide this weekend as part of repatriation efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
The flights will arrive by June 28 with one coming from South America, potentially two from India, and a defence force contingent flying in from Indonesia.
South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said authorities have prepared a strict quarantine plan.
More than 800 Australians returning home from overseas will fly into Adelaide this weekend as part of repatriation efforts during the coronavirus pandemic (pictured: travellers arriving at Adelaide Airport)
The flights will arrive by June 28 with one coming from South America, potentially two from India, and a defence force contingent flying in from Indonesia (pictured: traveller at Adelaide Airport)
‘There will be a strict regime in place to ensure that they are properly processed at the airport, loaded onto buses, conveyed to a supervised quarantine location where they’ll undergo health checks,’ Mr Stevens said on Tuesday.
All returning travellers will be required to remain in isolation for 14 days.
In May, about 680 people flew into Adelaide on two separate flights from India and were isolated in two hotels in the city, with none testing positive for COVID-19.
The new international arrivals are due to land just days before South Australia accelerates its lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
From next week the state will relax density requirements for pubs, bars, restaurants and other venues, with one person allowed for every two square metres.
The change will allow businesses to potentially double their capacity, a move the hospitality sector says will improve their viability.
Premier Steven Marshall says larger venues, such as Adelaide Oval, will also be allowed to cater to up to 50 per cent of their normal capacity from June 29, provided health officials have approved their COVID-19 safety plans.
Cathy McGill with Laura Lane and her baby Genevieve enjoying a coffee on the Parade in Adelaide on May 11
The new international arrivals are due to land just days before South Australia accelerates its lifting of coronavirus restrictions (Pictured: people out for coffee in Adelaide)
But the government is holding firm on its current schedule for lifting its remaining border restrictions as it continues to monitor a worrying surge in virus infections in Victoria.
SA has already lifted quarantine requirements for people travelling from Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, and is due to do the same for other jurisdictions on July 20.
‘But we are looking very carefully at the moment at Victoria,’ Mr Marshall said on Tuesday.
‘Every day that their statistics come out, we look at the number of new infections and the epidemiology of those infections.
The Bakery on O’Connell during an easing of restrictions on June 01 in Adelaide – restrictions are being eased once again next week
‘We know that there are hotspots in Victoria … and what we’re doing in a very co-ordinated way is to make sure we, as a nation, get on top of that.
‘But we will not be opening our borders to Victoria unless we are absolutely satisfied that we are not going to go backwards from a health, safety, and welfare perspective.’
Mr Marshall also confirmed that the state’s nightclubs could reopen, as long as they meet COVID-19 standards.
‘Nightclubs will be considered, but only after a comprehensive COVID management plan has been put in place and approved by the Transition Committee,’ he said.