International flights have resumed into Adelaide for the first time since the emergence of the Parafield cluster in mid-November.
A Singapore Airlines flight landed at Adelaide Airport at 9:15 this morning with a Qatar Airways flight from Doha scheduled to arrive in Adelaide this afternoon.
Those on the flights will be housed on two floors of Hindmarsh Square’s Pullman Hotel while the State Government looks for a permanent alternative to repurposed travel accommodation.
The city’s former Wakefield Hospital was initially touted as a replacement for the city’s medi-hotels, however, SA Health have since abandoned plans to reopen that facility.
Health authorities will roll out a raft of changes for the resumed quarantine program in the wake of the outbreak from Waymouth Street’s Peppers Hotel.
Changes include around-the-clock police and nurse presence at medi-hotels, along with increased testing for those working on-site.
The reinstatement of SA’s hotel quarantine comes on the same day that Victoria began welcoming back overseas arrivals into its quarantine program for the first time in five months.
The return of the two states to Australia’s quarantine program will increase the country’s cap on repatriating stranded Aussies to 6,700 passengers per week.