‘Shot in the arm’ for tourism as SA border opens to NSW

SA Premier Steven Marshall.

South Australia will open its border with NSW from midnight tonight (September 23).

The move means from Thursday, any visitor except from Victoria can enter SA without quarantining for two weeks.

Premier Steven Marshall said the lifting of borders “will be massive relief for ….business opportunities”.

“We know this has been a massive burden … but we did this to keep people safe,” he said.

The decision by the Transition Committee was based on health advice and subject to no community transmission cases in NSW on Wednesday.

“There’s always going to be some risk involved with this pandemic,” chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said. “But we just can’t wrap ourselves in cotton wool forever.”

SA Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said it was “just the shot in the arm our tourism sector needs right now” while Prime Minister Scott Morrison said South Australia “will benefit greatly” from the move.