Staff working in Adelaide’s medi-hotels will still be permitted to work second jobs in spite of the recent Parafield cluster.
South Australia’s quarantine program recommences this week under a revised system after it was put on hold upon the emergence of the Parafield cluster.
Under the new rules, quarantine facililites will be staffed round-the-clock with police and nurses under increased CCTV monitoring. Spacing will also be implemented between rooms in the temporary quarantine facility at Hindmarsh Square’s Pullman Hotel.
But despite the Parafield cluster being traced back to a quarantine worker with a second job, there will be no change to expectations around secondary employment.
Health Minister Stephen Wade told the ABC this morning that expecting that workers are only employed to work in a medi-hotel is unrealistic.
“Our position is still that we do not believe that it is reasonable to expect that people who work in medi-hotels basically live in a quarantine bubble,” Mr Wade told the ABC.
A staff member who worked at Waymouth Street’s Peppers Hotel and the Woodville Pizza Bar is thought to have transmitted the virus to the community.
Under Victoria’s revised hotel quarantine system, workers will not be permitted to work secondary jobs following an inquiry into that state’s hotel quarantine and its role in Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus cases.