Your next holiday? One state makes HUGE changes to Covid restrictions starting on Saturday – and it’s just in time for its annual festivalSouth Australia will remove Covid-19 testing for travellers from NSW and WAPremier Steven Marshall announced change will take effect Saturday midnightThe massive development comes in time for the state’s annual festivities  

South Australia has removed mandatory Covid-19 testing for travellers from NSW and Western Australia. 

Premier Steven Marshall announced the change will take effect from Saturday midnight. 

The massive development comes in time for the state’s annual Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide International festivals.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the change will take effect from Saturday midnight

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Fringe Director Heather Croall pose for a photo before the opening night of the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Adelaide, Friday, February 14, 2020

On Wednesday night, South Australia closed its borders to Greater Melbourne following an outbreak. 

Victoria’s Holiday Inn hotel quarantine outbreak is now at 10, with two household contacts of infected workers testing positive for COVID-19.

The Victorian Department of Health on Thursday reported the two new infections were linked to the now-closed hotel at Melbourne Airport.

They are both household primary close contacts of previously confirmed COVID-positive Holiday Inn workers and take the total number of cases linked to the cluster to 10. 

Travellers from NSW and Western Australia soon don’t have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing when arriving in South Australia (Pictured: Glenelg Beach)

Festival goers dance in late afternoon sun during 2019 WOMADelaide on March 09, 2019

South Australia’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said it is unclear how long the border will be closed due to the contagious UK variant. 

‘We know this (the UK) variant is at least 50 to 70 per cent more transmissible so for people who have been to Victoria, have come across the border and are not in quarantine, it is very important that you all take a look at the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) website regularly,’ she said.

‘It’s too early to say how long we’ll have that border up for and it will depend on how things go over the next couple of days,’ Professor Spurrier said.

‘I’m feeling relatively confident, as we’re getting more and more information from Victoria. I’m hopeful that this will settle down.’ 

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