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Your views: on borders and quarantine

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Today, readers comment on whether to open or close South Australia, and ordering fully vaccinated arrivals into medi-hotels.

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Commenting on the story: ‘Holding pattern’: SA borders staying open for now

Keep the border open, so everyone can have a lovely Christmas with family from interstate. I live on my own and I am 80 and desperately want my family from NSW here in SA. We have to learn to live with this terrible virus. – Irene Thomas

I thought that we were going to just live with the virus since only fully vaccinated people were allowed in. Our Christmas plans for interstate family are up in the air. – Leanne Joynson

I have four sons and their families who live in Victoria. They have all been double vaccinated, as have their children of high school age.

It does not make sense that some that who live in the suburbs of Melbourne have to be tested at the border, whist those who live in country areas don’t. We have been planning to meet at a town near the border and most are booked in to a caravan park and thus not be able to isolate where they booked their accommodation months ago, and have no wish to park in a street until they get results.

None of this makes any sense. – Alun Hughes

Great to have SA open and managing a safe and orderly transition to living with Covid. Hopefully WA will soon see the light and follow suit. – Mark Debeljakovic

The borders should not have been opened prior to Christmas to those states that had Covid, especially NSW with the new variant.

WA have now closed their borders to SA and we all did the hard work in keeping SA safe, and for what? Marshall should hang his head in shame for what he has gone and done. It is against SA Health advice. Not a Merry Christmas, is it? – Chris Woollard

We’ve done all that was asked of us. That border better stay open so I can see my NSW family. If not, why am I three times vaxxed and doing the right bloody thing. – Lynette Were

Only 49 cases since the state opened up the borders, and no community transmission. Think that says it all. What are we worried about? – Chris Brougham

Please close our borders. Our state’s administration kept us safe for almost two years, it was real care, setting the example for the rest of the world. It has already been established that fully vaccinated people get infected and spread the virus. Covid-19 carries serious long term risks for human health no matter how asymptomatic or easy the actual illness goes. Close the borders. – Lilia Nadyrshine

If it was last year or at the beginning of the pandemic, I was among those people who wanted to keep the borders closed. But this year is different.

I believe we need to keep open the borders for we now know much more about the pandemic. We now know how to protect ourselves with keeping all the measures we can; vaccines, face masks and social distancing etc. We need to come back to our normal or at least close to normal life that we had before.

Who guarantees how long the pandemic takes, and what is the next virus to come? We can’t compromise our life, our mental health and our social life more than we did to avoid the virus. It is a part of our life and we need to learn to live with it. – Elaheh Bateni

Commenting on the story: Medi-hotel quarantine order for overseas arrivals under spotlight

It is mandatory to do a PCR test a maximum 72 hours before the flight departs for Australia, and that test must be negative.

It is mandatory to be double vaccinated as a minimum. I have had the booster vaccination.

We provide details of our whereabouts through both the Federal Australian Travel Declaration and the SA Declarations. I did both, because I did one first then they changed to the new system.

We are required to isolate. We are required to have three tests during that quarantine period. I come from a country (Singapore) that has no Omicron cases.

Why bother collecting all this data and not use it?  They are making work for themselves, confusing everyone and adding stress all around.

Merry Christmas from SA Government and SA Health. Maybe they should appoint someone on their Covid panel that has a very unique skill not found in Government – compassion and empathy. – Keith Rutherford

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