Police have urged friends and family of recent travellers not to greet their loved ones as they fly back into Australia.
In a statement on Saturday night, NSW Police said all travellers returning to Sydney International Airport would be “processed discreetly” before being taken to their nominated hotels for quarantine.
“There are no areas in the Sydney International Airport in which family and friends will be able to see the returned travellers or make contact with them,” it warned.
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Police have issued a warning to friends and family who may be planning to greet their loved ones as they fly back into Australia.
In a statement published on Saturday night, NSW Police said all travellers returning to Sydney International Airport from 6am on Sunday 29 March 2020 would not be able to see or physically communicate with loved ones upon their arrival.
“The travellers will be processed discreetly before being taken to their nominated hotels,” the statement said.
“They will then be able to get in touch with family and friends.”
Officers said they understood it was an “unprecedented” step, but it was vital to help “stop the spread of COVID-19”.
Dozens of medical professionals ignored police orders to quarantine and jumped on domestic flights home after flying into Sydney Airport from South America on Friday.
Twenty-seven people skipped the mandatory 14 days in isolation and flew interstate after returning into the country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
They will now be served with public health orders.
Another six were located at the domestic terminal and sent back into quarantine, a NSW Police spokesperson said.
“Disappointed to hear medical professionals chose to ignore rules in place to save lives and protect the most vulnerable in our community. No-one is above the law,” Police Minister David Elliot said.
The Herald reported the medical professionals had flown into Australia from Santiago in Chile after attending a health convention onboard two Antarctic cruises.