Australian Paralympic athletes get waiver to quarantine at home in NSW as part of trial for when international borders open
- 17 Paralympians are part of trial for fully vaccinated travelers to home quarantine
- Testing the system for returning travelers when international borders open
- NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says hotel quarantine is approaching its sell-by date
- Athletes in home quarantine undergo the same tests as those in CBD hotels
- Exemptions took into account high healthcare needs and equipment requirements
Australian Paralympics traveling home from Japan have been granted an exemption to quarantine at home in NSW to test the system for vaccinated travelers when international borders finally open.
NSW Health confirmed that 17 Paralympians have been quarantined at home for 14 days after waivers were granted by the state government.
Paralympics participating in Tokyo had to be double vaccinated before departure, and those quarantined at home had to undergo the same Covid testing regimen as those in the hotel system.
17 Paralympics test a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated return travelers in NSW
“This model was included as part of NSW’s home quarantine trial that allowed more Paralympians to participate,” a spokeswoman for NSW Health said in a statement. The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Exemptions were granted to 17 Paralympians from home quarantine where it was thought they would be better cared for at home due to high healthcare needs, including equipment requirements.”
Leading athlete, double gold medalist in wheelchair marathon Madison de Rozario and her coach Louise Sauvage were both exempted from home quarantine.
Gold medalist Madison de Rozario (pictured) and her coach are among those to be exempt from home quarantine
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the state government is considering expanding home quarantine trials for Australians who have been fully vaccinated and the hotel system was nearly out of date.
She indicated that her government is considering home quarantine for returning travelers who have been fully vaccinated.
“The NSW government is about to test a number of home quarantine options for returning Australians,” Ms Berejiklian said in a statement on Tuesday.
“As our vaccination coverage increases in NSW, we have more options for alternative quarantine arrangements for those who have been fully vaccinated.”
With most athletes arriving in Sydney and Melbourne last week, Sydney’s main cohort will leave the hotel quarantine next week after undergoing regular testing.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian says state government is considering home quarantine for return travelers who have been fully vaccinated
Athletes exempt from home quarantine were escorted through the airport by police last Tuesday after clearing customs, some greeted by family.
Other athletes who have been quarantined at home include 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 need caretakers.
The Paralympians in the home quarantine process were allowed to be with family as long as they were in the same household.
Swimmer Alexander Tuckfield (pictured) was among those granted home quarantine exemptions. These exemptions took into account high care needs and equipment requirements of the athletes
Dozens of athletes were not allowed to participate in the trial, and many spent the 14-day period in CBD hotels.
The Australian team’s mission chief, Kate McLoughlin, commented on The Herald of their appreciation of the NSW government, allowing the team to travel to and from Tokyo during this time.
“We are very grateful to have been given this privileged position to leave the country and return home,” McLoughlin said.