Police to expand home quarantine compliance regime

Queensland has embraced home quarantine in its COVID-19 vaccination roadmap, as police say planning is under way for how to expand the compliance regime to cater to more people.

On Monday the Queensland government released its plan that outlines when travellers would be able to enter the state more freely, including reduced quarantine requirements, but regional quarantine would still exist for international travellers who do not meet the criteria.

When 70 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, which is expected by November 19, anyone who has been in a declared domestic hotpot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland if they are fully vaccinated, if they arrive by air, have had a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours and undertake home quarantine for 14 days.

When the state reaches 80 per cent, expected on December 17, overseas travellers can undertake 14 days (subject to a review by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) home quarantine and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health, provided they are fully vaccinated and have had a negative test in the previous 72 hours.

If overseas travellers do not meet the criteria, they will have to undergo quarantine in a government-nominated facility.

A Queensland Police spokesman said planning was under way to expand the compliance regime in homes.

Police are working to expand the home quarantine compliance process to cater to more people. Credit:Robert Shakespeare

Details around how the process will adapt are yet to be decided.

But so far, almost every traveller or COVID-19 close contact that has undergone the state’s home quarantine check-in service – which uses mobile phone location data and a text messaged link requiring a response in 10 minutes – has done the right thing by authorities, with recent data showing 99 per cent were compliant with quarantine directions, from a total of 850 checks.

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