After 15 consecutive days of zero locally-acquired COVID-19 cases in New South Wales, the border between Victoria and NSW will open from midnight tonight. YES.
This comes after Victoria also celebrated 23-consecutive days of no new COVID-19 cases, and will also get to enjoy some more freedoms from tomorrow, as announced by Premier Daniel Andrews at today’s press conference.
NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Eleven cases were reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,349 since the start of the pandemic.
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth)
The border has been closed for 137-days, and it has hit border towns like Albury – Wodonga extremely hard. Speaking at Albury today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that she never wants to see a border closure like that again.
“We know how difficult this has been for our communities in the New South Wales-Victorian border regions to put up with the border closure,” she said.
“We never want to see this ever again. This is the last time in our lifetime this border is closed and we know tomorrow morning after midnight it will be a whole new era for both of our states.”
NSW will also be the only state in Australia to have no border restrictions. They will also allow New Zealanders to enter the state.
“So we are a border-free community in New South Wales,” Berejiklian said.
So what does no border restrictions mean? Previously, to move between the two states you needed a permit, or were required to enter a mandatory quarantine. The newly lifted restrictions will mean that you will not have to quarantine upon entering the state.
Berejiklian also said that she felt more confident about lifting the border now, than she had on November 3 when she first made the call to open up NSW.
“I also made a commitment to the communities, but to our residents across both states, that I would lift the border as soon as we thought it was safe to do so,” Berejiklian said.
“So I feel more confident today than when we actually made the decision. But it does take hard work.
“I know that the residents of New South Wales will continue to be COVID safe, that’s what sets us apart from the rest of the country – our QR codes and our social distancing.”
Personally, I just want to fly to Syd, so I can visit the new giant MECCA.