Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision is a necessary step to ensure NSW remains in a strong position to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of NSW, and this new cap will help us protect our state from COVID-19,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“NSW is the gateway to Australia and it is important that passengers returning home do not overrun the capacity of NSW Health and hotel quarantine.
“The people of NSW have done an excellent job putting us in the position we are in today, however we must not let our guard down and this decision will further help keep us safe.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the reduced cap will not only help the management of hotel quarantine but assist NSW in firing up the economy.
“The people, businesses and industries of NSW can only operate in this ‘new normal’ if we effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19, and further limiting the cap on returning travellers will help ensure this,” Mr Ayres said.
“Australian’s have been given plenty of time to return from overseas, and it is incredibly important the volume of returning travellers does not undo the great work of the people of NSW,” Mr Ayres said.
The 350 passenger per day cap is 100 passengers less than the previous cap, which was introduced on Sunday 5 July.
As of Saturday 18 July, returning travellers are now charged for hotel quarantine, unless the flight was purchased before 11:59pm 12 July AEST.