SA closes Victoria border - but not everybody crossing is stopped

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 1, 2020

Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) workers from New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory who are reporting to remote locations will be approved to enter South Australia if they show evidence of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within the previous seven days.

But the Victorian Transport Association knocked the relocation stating the guidelines would hold up 650,000 tonnes of food and building supplies getting in the state every day.

South Australia has warned that Victoria's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector is likely to face disruptions following changes to the former's COVID-19 travel rules.

'In Victoria we do not test for asymptomatic cases ... you cant get a test even if you seem like it, ' VTA president Peter Anderson informed 3AW radio on Thursday.

To be compliant with Victorian laws, truck drivers would have to quarantine for three to five days while waiting for the test results.

'For us to comply with that, it means we would have to break that law'.

About 15,000 trucks getting here in Victoria with essential items every 24 hours.

Mr Anderson also wrote in a letter to VTA members that proving drivers had been tested would be hard because there are no written or electronic test receipts, according to The Australian.

It comes three weeks after Services NSW mandated that some truck drivers would have to isolate for 14 days when entering Victoria.

The NSW federal government back-flipped on the choice a day later on and made a brand-new license for chauffeurs to guarantee they had the ability to transfer freight throughout the Victorian border every day.

The increased measures are an attempt to prevent the surging coronavirus case numbers in Victoria from spreading.

'Ultimately, every Victorian, I think deep down knows and appreciates that unless everyone plays their part this lockdown will not end anytime soon, ' Mr Andrews said.

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