Update for the Resources and Energy Sector

Cross-border travel

Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 37) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 12:01 am (ACDT) 13 February 2021 in response to a COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

Under the new direction, travel from Victoria other than by essential travellers and exempted travellers is prohibited. Cross Border Community Members within a 70-kilometre corridor of the South Australian-Victoria border are restricted from entry except for conditions that largely mirror the reasons Victorian residents are permitted to leave home under that state’s five-day lockdown laws.

New South Wales and Western Australia have both reverted to being Low Community Transmission Zones and travellers from those states are no longer subjected to the previous testing or quarantine requirements.

Quarantine and testing

Emergency Management (Quarantine and Testing of Certain Former Victorian Arrivals No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came into effect at 7:57 pm (ACDT) on 12 February 2021.

Under this updated direction, any person who was at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4 from 9 February 2021, must quarantine at a suitable place for 14 days, not counting the day of arrival, and undertake testing. Household members or family, must quarantine until a negative test result is furnished by the person who has travelled.

Any person who was at Melbourne Airport, but not in Terminal 4, from 7 February 2021 until the Direction came into force at 7:57 pm (ACDT) 12 February 2021 must remain quarantined along with family or household members until a negative test result is received. Family members do not need to provide a test, just the traveller from Melbourne Airport.

Essential workers

Exemptions to the border closure remain in place for essential workers in the mining, oil, gas and energy sector. Essential workers who have arrived from a declared prohibited zone must undertake COVID-19 tests on day one, five and 12 of their entry into South Australia.

These workers must also wear a facemask when in contact with the public for the first 14 days, must maintain a record of close contacts, and must so far as is reasonably practicable self-quarantine when not working.

Self-isolation before the receipt of a negative result from the day one test is not mandated, but employers may choose to adopt this as a risk reduction strategy.

Should you have any questions, please contact Martin.Reid@sa.gov.au at the Department for Energy and Mining.

Stay well,

Paul Heithersay
Chief Executive
Department for Energy and Mining

15 February 2021

The information contained in this resources and energy industry update has been verified by the South Australian Government COVID-19 Public Information Function Support Group coordinated by SA Police.