SA to close border to Greater Melbourne after new cases emerge

South Australia has announced plans to close its border to Greater Melbourne, as the Holiday Inn outbreak continues to grow.

Two more cases have emerged this afternoon, with another worker and a former guest, who had already left quarantine, testing positive.

It takes the number of cases now linked to the hotel at Melbourne Airport to eight.


Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said as of midnight tonight, people from the Greater Melbourne area will not be allowed to enter South Australia.

“You will not be permitted to enter South Australia unless you are a returning resident, a person who is legitimately relocating from Victoria to South Australia, or you have an exemption or other special requirements as an essential traveller,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“We are giving people who are proposing to travel to South Australia as much warning as possible.”

He said authorities were closely monitoring the situation in Victoria, which is “rapidly evolving”.

The news is going to come as a shock to dozens of South Australian residents who have since travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

It gives those travellers just hours to return home, or face two weeks of self-quarantine.

“We know that this is a delicate position for people who may  be in Victoria wishing to travel to South Australia or South Australians who may be wishing to return,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“It is a decision for individuals to make. If you feel so strongly that you need to get back without quarantining, my advice would be you consider what your options are immediately.

“If you’re not concerned about the fact of having to quarantine and you are a returning resident, you may continue what you’re doing in Victoria with the knowledge you may have to serve a period of quarantine at home.”

Regional Victoria is not affected by the changes.

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