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Fourteen people who arrived in Australia from New Zealand today have been detained after trying to enter Melbourne. news.com.au October 16, 2020 9:22PM LIVE Last updated October 16, 2020 11:39PM AEDT Fourteen people who arrived from New Zealand today have been detained after trying to enter Melbourne.   According to the ABC, the passengers flew…

Fourteen people who arrived in Australia from New Zealand today have been detained after trying to enter Melbourne.

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October 16, 2020 9:22PM

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Last updated October 16, 2020 11:39PM AEDT

Fourteen people who arrived from New Zealand today have been detained after trying to enter Melbourne.
 

According to the ABC, the passengers flew into Sydney and then got a connecting flight to Melbourne.

Victoria is not accepting overseas arrivals at the moment.

The travellers had been allowed to travel to Sydney without quarantining, as part of a trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Under the deal between the two nations, New Zealanders will be allowed to travel quarantine-free into NSW and the Northern Territory if they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.

It comes as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to reveal on Sunday which restrictions will be eased in Melbourne as it moves out of lockdown.

He told reporters on Friday he would be making some “significant announcements” in 48 hours’ time.

However, he confirmed the hard border separating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria would stay in place.

Mr Andrews said Sunday’s announcement would be “broadly in alignment with our foreshadowed stage 3”, although the state would need to “wait and see” as it depended on numbers continuing to fall.

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Police in Southall, west London, were forced to break up a wedding reception of more than 100 guests earlier this week.

Officers were called to Tudor Rose just after 6:30pm on October 13, and in a statement said it was “clear” upon arrival that the gathering “was in clear breach of the regulations, which have been put in place by the Government to protect people from coronavirus”.

“As officers walked through the venue, they saw no clear evidence that guests were maintaining social distancing, nor were guests taking any reasonable steps to protect others and prevent transmitting the virus,” the statement from Metropolitan Police said.

The venue’s owner has been reported and faces a fine of up to $18,220.

“This was a dangerous and foolish breach of the regulations, which have been designed specifically to keep people safe from transmitting a deadly virus,” area commander, chief superintendant Peter Gardner, said.

“Restrictions on large gatherings, such as weddings, have been in place for months and quite frankly there can be no excuse for this flagrant and arrogant violation of the law.

“There was clearly no attempt by the venue owner to enforce the regulations or keep their patrons safe.”

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The Prime Minister also revealed the National Security Committee of Cabinet is thinking about how more travel from safe countries into Australia could be allowed.

“We’re many many months still off this,” Mr Morrison said.

“But the medical expert panel is already considering various options about that, how that can be achieved using a traffic light system for the various countries.”

He said it would involve looking at many other quarantine options such as home isolation or allowing corporations to organise their own quarantine for workers returning from various parts of the world.

“So that means that we can work to try and get back to a new kind of normal for Australia,” the PM said.

“As much as getting Australians home is our top priority when it comes to utilising these quarantine arrangements, our other priority is to get Australia back to a safe level of engaging with the rest of the world and in priority areas.

“That of course is in areas like students and business visitors to Australia, and the like. And potentially other visitors.”


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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed more details about how the Northern Territory’s Howard Springs facility will be used to bring more Australians home.

It’s expected the facility will be able to quarantine roughly 5000 people over the course of the new few months and up until March next year.

Initially it will be used to take in groups from support flights coming out of the UK, India and South Africa.

These flights are being operated by Qantas and Mr Morrison said a priority list of vulnerable passengers will get the first opportunity to be on those flights.

They will still have to pay for their quarantine: $2500 for an individual and $5000 for a family.

The extra 5000 capacity will add to the roughly 5500 people a week who are already being quarantined in major ports around Australia including in Sydney.

Following a meeting of the National Security Committee of Cabinet, Mr Morrison said he would be meeting with the NT’s Chief Minister to work through the issues of the Northern Territory Centre for National Resilience.


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Fourteen people who arrived from New Zealand today have been detained after trying to enter Melbourne.

According to the ABC, the passengers flew into Sydney and then got a connecting flight to Melbourne.

Victoria is not accepting overseas arrivals at the moment.

The travellers had been allowed to travel to Sydney without quarantining, as part of a trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Under the deal between the two nations, New Zealanders will be allowed to travel quarantine-free into NSW and the Northern Territory if they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days.

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