Australia Victoria eases border restrictions for Qld
COVID border restrictions cause chaos for holidaymakers and residents in Victoria and NSW
Confusion reigns in Victoria–New South Wales border towns with residents on both sides left puzzled about what they can and cannot do."At 7:30 pm they packed up and left and they managed to get across the border just before midnight," Ms Lyle said.
Victorians stuck in Brisbane will be able to return home from 6pm Saturday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.
Victoria on Saturday again recorded zero new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, the tenth day in a row that it has done so.
The Victorian government will downgrade Brisbane to an orange zone from a red zone on Saturday evening, meaning Victorians will not need to apply for an exemption to return home.
Returnees will need to apply for a travel permit, which they will receive automatically. They must also take a coronavirus test within three days of their arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Brisbane learns if lockdown will end TODAY - as border wars drag on
Brisbane residents learn today whether they will be allowed out of a snap three-day lockdown as New South Wales and Victoria continued trading border barbs.The Greater Brisbane lockdown is set to expire at 6pm on Monday and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be under pressure to lift restrictions after Queensland recorded zero new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the third day in a row.
The Victorian government is no longer intensely anxious about the COVID-19 leak from hotel quarantine in Brisbane, as the infection appears to have spread no further than a cleaner and her partner.
"From our point of view, there is sufficient stability that we can safely have those Victorians in Brisbane return home," Mr Andrews said.
The same process will apply for anyone travelling from Brisbane, whether or not they live in Victoria.
Victorians stranded in Sydney should be hopeful that they will be able to return home soon as well, with Mr Andrews flagging on Saturday that he was preparing to dramatically reduce the red zone in NSW.
"I do hope to be able to make announcements very similar to what we've just announced with Brisbane in the next couple of days. But, again, it has to be based on advice," Mr Andrews said.
Chief Health officer Brett Sutton said the trend in Sydney was good.
"There are clearly some local government areas within Greater Sydney that have now gone a number of days of cases without transmission. I will look very intensively at the epidemiology across greater Sydney over the next couple of days," he told reporters.
The announcement will come in the next day or two, Mr Andrews said.
Mr Andrews said the government would be matching permit and testing data to ensure those who return from orange zones are tested as required.
Frydenberg urges states to show more consistency on borders .
"My position is clear: closed borders cost jobs."Speaking in Melbourne, Mr Frydenberg said the economic outlook would be improved if state leaders applied more consistency to border restrictions.