Victorians know all too well that this virus moves fast. That’s why, as a state, we need to move faster.
On the advice of public health team, and from 11.59pm 1 January 2021, Victoria will close its borders to New South Wales.
This is not an easy choice – and certainly not one government wanted to make on a day that’s supposed to be about celebrating. But they probably know this is the right decision if they’re to protect everything Victorians have worked so hard to achieve.
Under the changes, any Victorian currently in the Green Zone will have until 11.59pm tonight night to come home. This does not include Victorians in the Blue Mountains City Council and Wollongong City Council local government areas, who must apply for a new permit.
Any Victorian, regardless of where they’re arriving from in New South Wales, will need to get tested and then quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the state.
Unfortunately, that means no going to work, no trips to the supermarket, or visits to the local park. That’s a big sacrifice. But as it has been seen in recent days, it’s integral to keeping everyone safe.
For those in Victorian border communities, the government understands that they need to be able to travel in between New South Wales and Victoria, and the government will have a process in place to allow that to happen.
This will have implications for those who are travelling through New South Wales from other parts of the country. For those this applies to, the Victorian government will also have more to say about new arrangements soon.
Existing provisions for freight, domestic aircrews, those exiting mandatory quarantine, medical care, and emergency services will remain the same. Authorised Officers will continue to monitor arrivals at all victorian airports, and Victoria Police officers will continue to guard state’s borders.
These changes are in addition to those announced earlier yesterday, limiting the number of people who can visit anyone’s home each day to 15, in addition to making masks mandatory when indoors.
For more information go to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
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