The Victorian Government confirms that all of New South Wales, with the exception of the Cumberland local government area, will enter the green zone of the state’s traffic light travel permit system from 6:00pm.
The Victorian Government has confirmed that all of New South Wales, with the exception of the Cumberland local government area, will enter the green zone of the state’s traffic light travel permit system, giving more freedom of movement in and out of the state.
- Cumberland moves from a red zone to an orange zone
- Other Sydney local government areas move to a green zone
- Travel permits are still required for anyone visiting Victoria
The changes mean that from 6:00pm Friday, anyone from New South Wales can enter Victoria with a permit.
Cumberland will move from a red zone to orange meaning anyone can apply for a permit to enter the state as long as they self-isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours and remain in quarantine until they get a negative result.
Exemptions are no longer required.
The Sydney local government areas of Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Inner West, Paramatta, Liverpool and Strathfield Municipality all move from the orange zone to green.
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LoadingThe changes come into effect at 6:00pm Friday based on continuing low community transmission in New South Wales, Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.
All travel into Victoria from other states and territories still requires a travel permit.
“We’re extremely happy to see the last red zone in New South Wales be downgraded,” Mr Andrews said.
“We’re reminding people to get tested if they’re returning from an orange zone, so we can continue to enjoy an open and COVID-safe summer.”
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Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the one remaining area in the orange zone would be monitored and downgraded as soon as it was safe to do so.
There are 27 active cases of coronavirus in Victoria but they are all in hotel quarantine.
One new case was identified today from 15,456 tests.
It’s been 23 days since a locally acquired case was identified, the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Victoria’s changes come as other states have also removed their border restrictions with New South Wales.
The ACT Government has lifted all travel restrictions between Canberra and Sydney.
The Queensland Government has also opened its border to visitors from the rest of Australia.
Victoria’s state of emergency is being extended until February 26 on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.
The state of emergency gives the Chief Health Officer extraordinary powers to issue legally enforceable public health directions, such as quarantine rules.
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