NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says passengers arriving from Victoria will be “screened” at airports and train terminals today but it is still not clear what that actually means.
The Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today she didn’t “want to say anything definite” about temperature checks at Sydney airport.
Speaking to Channel 7’s Sunrise, Ms Berejiklian said patrols will be ramped up in a bid to keep high-risk visitors from Victoria out of the state.
“We are looking at what we can do additionally and we understand health officials will be conducting some checks at the airport as we speak,” she said, adding that officials may check ID to determine a visitor’s residence before entry.
This morning, a tweet from Mr Hazzard showed how staff were gearing up for the border task, decked out in protective equipment and forms for disembarking passengers to sign.
On Channel 9’s Today show, Ms Berejiklian was pressed further about what NSW was doing to keep people safe amid a spike in cases in Victoria.
The NSW Premier was forced to defend a decision not to check people arriving in Sydney from Melbourne yesterday.
“We’ve seen people come into the airport yesterday from Melbourne,” host Allison Langdon said. “They weren’t asked any questions at all. At the baggage check, no-one has spoken to him. Are you going to change this at the airport so the borders are tighter?”
Ms Berejiklian said authorities would “talk today” about the best way to manage new arrivals.
The Premier said she could not confirm whether new arrivals would be asked questions at the airport.
“I don’t want to say anything definite because I do know as at very late last night, the health authorities with our police were talking on what the best way would be to proceed on this,” she said.
On Wednesday, the Berejiklian government said they would ban Victorians in coronavirus hotspots from crossing the border into NSW. She said anyone who disobeyed the rules could face an $11,000 fine and six months in jail.