The Victorian government has made a welcome change to the strict border measures currently in place with NSW and the ACT.
The Victorian government has announced major changes to the border amid a surge in Covid-19 case numbers, with non-closed areas of NSW and the ACT moving from red to orange areas from midnight.
The major changes will allow residents and non-residents who are essentially trapped in non-locked areas of NSW to return to Victoria without the need to obtain approval with a permit.
However, despite changing the area from red to orange – residents will still need to be tested within 72 hours of returning home and will need to isolate until a negative test result is obtained before “moving in the community”.
“We have gradually revised the border settings between Victoria and New
Health Minister Martin Foley announced on Wednesday that South Wales as the relative risks change and as we move gradually towards an opening up of Victorian society under the national plan.
Mr Foley said the changes will take place from midnight tonight, with the red areas in NSW and the ACT (being non-locked areas) changing to orange areas.
The Victorian designation in Greater Sydney and some other areas of the state that are considered “high risk areas” will be reduced to red areas, meaning residents of Victoria can return but will need to complete an online application form.
“[Residents travelling from Greater Sydney] We will need testing and home quarantine for 14 days and will continue to monitor and because we are confident risk mitigation will continue in NSW.”
“Because we are confident that risks will continue to mitigate in NSW, we want to make sure we continue to monitor this closely, and if there are further changes to be made in time, we will, of course, let everyone know.”
The announcement comes as Victoria announced another 1,420 new cases on Wednesday. New South Wales has 594 cases and 10 deaths.