It’s an exciting day for some very relieved Queensland residents, who are finally being allowed to return home after months of being stuck interstate in COVID-19 hotspots.
Up to 1,000 returning Queenslanders will begin touching down in Brisbane from Monday as part of the sunshine state’s home quarantine trial.
The returning residents, who have already applied for an exemption to return home, have been selected by Queensland Health to take part in the new home quarantine model.
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If successful, the State Government hopes the model will be able to be rolled out by Christmas.
Those taking part in the trial have to abide by strict requirements and will be monitored through an app for the duration of their two week quarantine period.
Full list of requirements for those self-isolating at home:
- Be fully vaccinated (with at least two weeks having passed since receiving their second dose)
- Have returned a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry
- Use the home-quarantine check-in system
- Quarantine at home for 14 days
- Subject themselves to tests on days one, five and 12
- Have a suitable home with a direct entry, and
- Arrive by air.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the trial would be evaluated in a couple of weeks.
“We ask that those Queenslanders taking part in the trial take the requirements of quarantining at home very seriously, to give the trial the best chance of success and possible future expansion,” she said.
Anyone who breaches the home quarantine rules is being warned they will be liable for fines and forced straight into hotel quarantine at their own expense.