September 17, 2021

Home Quarantine Program to Take Off In New South Wales

The New South Wales ('NSW') and Commonwealth governments will launch a home quarantine pilot in Greater Sydney next month.

The pilot will trial a seven-day home quarantine program for approximately 175 people, all of whom have already received double doses of a TGA-accredited vaccine. It will be operated and monitored by NSW Health and the NSW Police.

Federal Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, said the transition to a home quarantine system is crucial, as it will allow us to bring more Australians home while ensuring everyone in the community remains safe.

"This is the perfect time to trial a home quarantine program. As our vaccination rates continue to rise, we begin our transition to a new normal," said Dave Sharma.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian acknowledged the importance of hotel quarantine through the pandemic. However, as the state's vaccination rate rises, the Premier believes it is vital to look at a new way of doing things.

"NSW has quarantined over 245,000 travellers throughout this pandemic, by far the most of any jurisdiction in the country, and this pilot will lay the foundations for us to reunite even more families and friends who are fully vaccinated," Premier Berejiklian said.

This trial will the standard for the next phases of living the way we live with COVID-19, as we seek to transition to home quarantine acrossNSW in the near future.

The pilot will start later this month and will operate for four weeks. Provided the home quarantine pilot program proves successful, theAustralian Government will expand the program to all vaccinated Australians.

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