Australian Paralympic athletes are given exemptions to quarantine at home in NSW as part of trial for when international borders open
- 17 Paralympians part of trial for fully vaccinated travellers to home quarantine
- Trialing the system for returning travellers when international borders open
- NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says hotel quarantine approaching use-by-date
- Athletes in home quarantine undergoing same testing as those in CBD hotels
- Exemptions took into account high care needs and equipment requirements
Australian Paralympians travelling home from Japan have been given exemptions to quarantine at home in NSW trialling the system for vaccinated travellers when international borders eventually open.
NSW Health confirmed that 17 Paralympians are quarantining at home for 14 days after exemptions were granted by the state government.
Paralympians who competed at Tokyo had to be double-vaccinated before departure, with those who are quarantining at home undertaking the same Covid testing regime as those in the hotel system.
17 paralympians are trialing a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated returned travellers in NSW
‘This model has been included as part of the NSW home quarantine trial which has allowed more Paralympians to participate,’ a NSW Health spokeswoman said in a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘Exemptions were provided to 17 Paralympians to home quarantine where it was considered they would be more suitably cared for in their home due to high care needs, including equipment requirements.’
The highest-profile athlete, dual gold medallist in the wheelchair marathon Madison de Rozario and her coach Louise Sauvage were both granted exemptions for home quarantine.
Gold medallist Madison de Rozario (pictured) and her coach are among those given exemptions to home quarantine
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state government was considering expanding home quarantine trials for Australians who are fully vaccinated and that the hotel system was close to being out of date.
She indicated her government were looking at considering home quarantine for returned travellers who are fully vaccinated.
‘The NSW government is close to piloting some home quarantine options for returning Australians,’ Ms Berejiklian said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘As our vaccination rate rises in NSW, we will have more options for alternate quarantine arrangements for those who are fully vaccinated.’
With most athletes arriving into Sydney and Melbourne last week, the main Sydney cohort is set to exit hotel quarantine next week after undergoing regular tests.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state government is looking at considering home quarantine for returned travellers who are fully vaccinated
Athletes who had home quarantine exemptions were escorted by police though the airport last Tuesday after going through customs, some being greeted by family.
Other athletes who were able to home quarantine includes swimmers Alexander Tuckfield, who has cerebral palsy, as well as boccia players Daniel Michel, who has spinal muscular atrophy type two, and Spencer Cotie, who has cerebral palsy. Michel and Cotie both require carers.
The paralympians in the home quarantine trial were allowed to be with family as long as they were in the same household.
Swimmer Alexander Tuckfield (pictured) was among those given home quarantine exemptions. These exemptions took into account high care needs and equipment requirements of the athletes
Dozens of athletes were not permitted to take part in the trial, with many spending the 14-day period in CBD hotels.
The Australian team’s chef de mission Kate McLoughlin commented to The Herald their appreciation to the NSW government allowing the team to travel to and from Tokyo during this time.
‘We’re really grateful that we’ve been given this privileged position of being in a position to leave the country and come back home,’ McLoughlin said.