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South Australia has reduced the size of its border bubbles with Victoria and NSW. Picture: Simon DallingerSource:News Corp Australia

South Australia has reduced the size of its border bubbles with NSW and Victoria after both states recorded flare-ups of coronavirus.

The new community cases revealed over the weekend included one in the city of Mildura in northwest Victoria on that state’s border with NSW.

South Australia Police said the new border rules came into place one minute after midnight on Monday. The full set of new rules is published on the force’s website.

People who have been to Mildura Local Government Area since July 11 will be required to quarantine for a fortnight after arriving in South Australia and will have to get tested for Covid-19 on days one, five and 13.

For people living in the area near the border with NSW, the new rules are:

  • The border bubble is no longer a 100km zone, instead it’s restricted to the Broken Hill LGA in NSW and the townships of Manna Hill, Olary, Tikalina and Cockburn in SA
  • NSW border bubble residents will be able to enter SA with a “permitted purpose to travel” and on two strict conditions
  • The first of those conditions is that they haven’t been to any place in NSW outside the Broken Hill LGA
  • The second condition is that they haven’t associated in person with anyone from outside the border bubble
  • Bubble residents will not be made to get tested for Covid-19 if they haven’t been outside the permitted area
  • But they will be made to wear a mask if they come into contact with community members in SA
  • People who have been outside of the bubble will have to apply for an exemption to enter SA either as a permitted arrival or an essential traveller
  • SA residents returning from other parts of NSW will have to seek an exemption from SA Health
one in the city of Mildura, other coronavirus restrictions

SA Police chief Grant Stevens announced the new border rules. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David MariuzSource:News Corp Australia

For people living in the area near the border with Victoria, the new rules are:

  • The border bubble is now a 40km zone from the border stretching into both states
  • Victorian border bubble residents will be able to enter SA with a “permitted purpose to travel” and on two strict conditions
  • The first condition is that bubble residents must not go outside the 40km zone
  • The second condition is that they haven’t associated in person with anyone from outside the border bubble
  • Bubble travellers must also wear a face mask if they come into contact with members of the SA community for 14 days after arriving
  • They must also receive a Covid-19 test on days one, five and 13 after arriving
  • There are four permitted reasons to cross the Victoria-SA border: employment and education, providing or receiving care from others, obtaining essential supplies and getting vaccinated
  • People who have been outside of the bubble will have to apply for an exemption to enter SA either as a permitted arrival or an essential traveller

People who have been in the Riverland area should get tested if they have any symptoms, and people are discouraged from travelling in and out of that area.

Bubble residents should have an approved cross border travel registration form, SA Police said.

Those who don’t already have one are advised to apply for one at least seven days before travelling, as the amount of new applications are expected to increase.

SA residents are advised to keep track of other coronavirus restrictions that are already in place and haven’t changed.

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