Victorian Covid rule abolished – fully vaccinated NSW residents can travel to Melbourne quarantine-free
Dan Andrews lifts Victoria’s strict border rules – meaning fully vaccinated NSW residents can now travel to Melbourne without going into quarantine
NSW residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now travel to Victoria without being quarantined.
There are now relaxed requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who have been in red or orange zones and the border bubble has been restored for Broken Hill and Shepparton.
As of midnight, Victoria has removed the red zones that applied to Greater Sydney areas so that anyone who has been to Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong can now enter Victoria with an orange zone permit, without any quarantine or testing.
Passengers wearing protective masks collecting luggage after arriving on a flight from Melbourne at Sydney Airport. NSW residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now travel to Victoria without quarantine
Anyone who has not been vaccinated needs to be licensed, self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours and remain isolated until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
The rest of regional NSW is now classified as green areas and people vaccinated from there simply need a permit to enter Victoria.
People coming to NSW from Victoria are required to stay at home for 14 days but can leave home for essentials such as food, exercise, medical care or work or study if they are unable to do so at home.
Meanwhile, in NSW, 92.3 percent of eligible people aged 16 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 81.6 percent of adults have been fully vaccinated.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said hitting 92 percent was an “amazing achievement,” but she wants rates to rise.
“I want to get 95 percent or even more,” said Dr Chant Tuesday.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen, with 589 in hospital, with 128 in intensive care and 69 on ventilators.
The drop in the number of people in hospital and intensive care has also been a relief for staff who have been working in a system under stress for months.
“But it won’t mean they have a lot of breathing space – we also have business as usual,” said Dr Chant.
NSW recorded 273 locally acquired virus cases and four more deaths in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday.
Less than two weeks after the initial easing of restrictions, Dr Chant warned that another expected rise in the number of cases was to come.
“Let’s try to make sure our ICUs have as few people with COVID in them as possible as we open during this Christmas-New Year period,” she said.
There have been 479 COVID-19-related deaths in NSW since the last outbreak began on June 16, and 535 in total since the start of the global pandemic.