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Border relief to Bathurst for Supercars teams

The Queensland-based team, supplier and series staff faced a two-week quarantine to get home from the Bathurst 1000 last weekend as the New South Wales border was still closed.

But that won’t be necessary now thanks to an accelerated reopening plan announced today by Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Fully vaccinated arrivals from hotspots are welcome from December 13th, provided they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of crossing the border.

They will then need to be retested five days after their arrival, but will not need to be quarantined or isolated.

This means that the employees concerned can avoid any formal quarantine.

Instead, they are supposed to live freely in New South Wales (or any other place open to NSW) for the next week before returning home after the border opens.

A swift resolution of the border rules is welcomed by the Queenslanders as they have concerns about initiating formal quarantine procedures with no understanding of whether they could end prematurely when the border opens.

Queensland is expected to hit the critical double vaccination rate of 80 percent sometime this week.

Triple Eight Race Engineering, Dick Johnson Racing, Matt Stone Racing and Team Sydney are either wholly or partially (in the case of Team Sydney) based in Queensland.

There are also drivers like Nick Percat and James Courtney who drove for teams based in other countries but living in Queensland.

Supercars’ own motorsport department is also based on the Gold Coast.

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