STRONGER, MORE SECURE HOTEL QUARANTINE NEEDED TO KEEP NSW SAFE DURING PANDEMIC
NSW Labor is calling on the Government to enforce stronger and more secure hotel quarantine arrangements.
The calls come after media reports found international airline staff breached isolation requirements at the beginning of December. There were also recent concerns Australian airline staff, who are authorised to self-quarantine at their homes after international travel could have caused transmission of the virus.
Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park said: “There needs to be consistent and clear arrangements in place for hotel quarantine in NSW.”
“The Government knew there were weaknesses in the hotel quarantine system weeks ago when the airline staff breach happened,” Mr Park said.
“That could have proven deadly and should have served as a warning for what has now taken place.
“We are not in a position to take any more chances or risks.”
Labor is renewing calls for stronger hotel quarantine arrangements in NSW, including:
- Employing security guards and other quarantine workers full-time
- Increased testing for quarantine workers
- Greater role for NSW Police and the ADF in securing quarantine
Mr Park added his concerns about a lack of transparency in regards to the breach in early December, with the public only notified weeks later.
The concerns have sparked Government to enforce hotel quarantine under police guard for all international airline crews until they fly out.
“The Government needs to explain why more stringent measures have only now just been put in place,” Mr Park said.
“Our hotel quarantine should have been a fortress, but they’ve left the backdoor open.”