Those in the area will have to start at home except to buy essentials, for medical needs, to exercise once a day with one other person and for work if they cannot work from home.
Facts seem to suggest international travel is to blame for the reappearance of COVID-19 in the area, as a hotel guard was taken ill with the virus.
The hotel quarantine worker has contracted the highly contagious UK variant, according to the area’s political leader. The guard was working at one of the quarantine hotels that has formed the basis for a new policy recently brought in by the UK Government. The restrictions, which have been in place since last March in Australia, means those who enter the UK will have to quarantine in a hotel at their own cost.
The worker contracted symptoms on 28 January and could have been contagious for two days before.
Mr McGowan went on: “This is a very serious situation, and each and every one of us has to do everything we personally can to stop the spread in the community.
“We have acted decisively and swiftly in these circumstances.”
On the circumstances of the case, he said: “It appears possible that this new positive case has the highly transmissible new UK variant”.
UK to Australia travel rules
It is currently against the law for Britons to travel internationally unless you have a legally permitted reason.
Holidays and leisure travel are strictly illegal.
The Government advice on Australia currently states: “If you are arriving in the UK from Australia on or after 4am on 18 January you will need to self-isolate on your arrival unless you have a valid exemption.”
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