No double isolation for returning Qlders

Over 200 Australians will be allowed out of hotel quarantine on Wednesday.
Over 200 Australians will be allowed out of hotel quarantine on Wednesday.

Queenslanders who have spent a mandatory two weeks in isolation in an interstate hotel won't have to serve another fortnight in quarantine when they return home.

Australians returning from overseas are quarantined in hotels for 14 days from their arrival under a Federal Government initiative to stymie the spread of coronavirus.

The Palaszczuk government on March 26 also placed a two-week isolation order on anyone entering Queensland from another state or territory.

However, Queensland Health says any person who has already served 14 days quarantine elsewhere in Australia will be exempt from self-isolation when they return home, provided "they do not come into contact with people prior to entering Queensland".

Queensland Health defined contact as being face-to-face with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer, or those who have shared an enclosed space with a confirmed case for more than two hours.

"A person who has been through a period of quarantine of 14 days in another jurisdiction in Australia and travels directly from the place of quarantine to Queensland without coming into contact with people prior to entering Queensland will also be exempt," a QH representative said.

More than 200 people who have been quarantined in the Swissotel in Sydney's CBD after returning from overseas will be free to return home tomorrow after completing their 14 day-isolation.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said each person will receive documentation to certify they had served time in quarantine.

"There are some non-NSW individuals who will be transported to the airport. They will be given a letter from me confirming their period of isolation and I certainly hope when they land back in their home states and territories they are allowed to go home," Mr Fuller said on Tuesday.

He said between 2000 and 3000 residents will come out of isolation early next week.

Australian Associated Press