NSW has recorded no locally acquired coronavirus cases for the fifteenth consecutive day.
Meanwhile, travellers from Western Australia who have arrived in NSW in the past week are being told to self-isolate until Friday after a Perth hotel quarantine security guard was diagnosed with COVID-19 and two million people in WA were put into lockdown on Sunday.
However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was not changing the state’s open border policy.
“It is a manageable situation at this stage and there is no reason why we will be altering our border situation,” she told reporters on Monday.
A new NSW Public Health Order requires all new arrivals in NSW to confirm whether they attended any of the venues listed on the WA Health website.
Any travellers who have been at places of concern must be tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
“NSW has kicked in to take those reasonable precautions, but we will not be closing our borders,” Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW Health says anyone who has arrived since January 25 is now subject to the same ‘stay-at-home’ restrictions they would have faced if they had remained in WA.
It said six COVID-19 cases were identified in hotel quarantine in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.
Some 6023 people were tested in the reporting period, down from 8811 the previous day. NSW Health says it’s concerned by the low testing rates.
Meanwhile, travellers from all parts of NSW are now free to visit Queensland after the Sunshine State dropped its border restrictions.
Queensland closed the border to 35 local government areas in Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast during December’s outbreak, causing chaos for festive season travellers.
But with NSW now recording a long stretch without a local case, Queensland’s border checkpoints are now being dismantled.
Border restrictions imposed on Greater Sydney by the ACT and Victoria also relaxed on Friday, while Tasmania and South Australia eased their restrictions on Sunday.
Virgin Australia responded to the new travel freedoms by announcing a sale on 1.9 million airfares until February 8, with some starting at $75.
The airline has added extra services between Sydney and Queensland and expects to sell more than 40,000 seats per week between the neighbouring states by March.