With the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne continuing to spread, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the state border between Victoria and New South Wales will temporarily close from midnight tomorrow night, Tuesday 7th July.
The temporary border closure decision has been taken following talks between the state premiers and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in light of continued COVID-19 outbreaks in North Melbourne and Flemington hotspots.
The Victorian-NSW border closure is the first-time the New South Wales border has been closed to any state since the virus began in Australia in early March.
Historically, this is the first time the border has been closed for 100 years. The hope and aim are that the virus can be contained with the border closures created to stop the spread across the states.
Currently, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory’s borders all remain closed to other states.
The border closure will be enforced on the New South Wales side and will include all roads in and out of the states as well as all flights between Victoria and New South Wales and rail stations.
There will reportedly be a permit system for residents who live on each side of the border with more details to be released later today.
The news comes in the middle of the Winter school holiday break for both New South Wales and Victorian students, with many families currently holidaying across the border on both sides.
The details around their travel and restrictions in returning home remains unknown at this stage.
Queensland had already brought in restrictions for any Victorian travellers arriving last Friday, with new quarantine rules in place ahead of their borders reopening to all states except Victoria this Friday, 10 July.
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