Premier Dominic Perrottet may have been a premature when he said that Sydney and New South Wales was opening for business “to the world” last week, but he and his government took some giant steps forward for Australia (not to mention the events industry) by announcing that hotel and home quarantine will no longer needed for vaccinated travellers into the state, from 1st November.
The initial briefing caused confusion as it implied that the state would be opening up to unrestricted international travel. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a later statement to explain that the federal government is responsible for allowing visas for foreign travellers and that end of quarantine applied only to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families.
The Premier’s statement may have been poorly worded, but it shows that New South Wales has switched gears, from COVID management, to recovery and is the leading the way for other states to follow or get left behind.
“We want people back. We are leading the nation out of the pandemic.’ Said Premier Perrottet.
“Hotel quarantine will be a thing of the past. This is a significant day for our state.” He said.