The NSW and Commonwealth governments have announced they will launch a home quarantine pilot in Greater Sydney next month in preparation for the opening of international borders.
The trial will see the isolation period reduced from 14 days to 7 days, and quarantine will take place at home. The program will consist of 175 people who have had 2 doses of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
The lucky participants will be chosen by NSW Health and may include a mix of NSW residents, Qantas aircrew and non-Australian Residents.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the home quarantine program is crucial to bringing home more Australians while keeping the community save. “NSW has quarantined over 245,000 travellers throughout this pandemic, by far the most of any jurisdiction in the country and this pilot will lay the foundations for us to reunite even more families and friends who are fully vaccinated," Ms Berejiklian said.
Safety to the community remains the governments priority but we need a new way of doing things moving forward has been the general consensus.
NSW will use a mobile phone app to monitor the participants in conjunction with police checks. The app uses geolocation and face recognition technology to monitor isolation compliance. The app will also provide people with a testing schedule and symptom checker.
The pilot will run for four weeks.
For more information see NSW Government