NSW eases border restrictions for regional Victorians

NSW eases border restrictions for regional Victorians

Those living in communities on the New South Wales and Victorian border are now able to move more freely across state lines after restrictions were eased yesterday.

As such, border community residents are able to travel within the region for any reason with a current permit.

In addition, those residents that travel into NSW are not be obliged to comply with current stay-at-home orders imposed in Victoria while north of the Murray River.

NSW has also expanded its definition of the border region to now include Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright, and Mount Beauty.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says restrictions are able to be eased because the threat of COVID-19 transmission in regional Victoria is reduced.

"We are able to ease restrictions on the border given the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in regional Victoria," said Hazzard.

"NSW and Victoria border communities have been extremely resilient during this one-in-100 year pandemic as we continue to fight the challenges of COVID-19."

The easing of restrictions on border communities comes as Victoria recorded just 28 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the state's lowest daily total in three months.

There were five new cases of the coronavirus in NSW yesterday, while QLD and WA recorded one new case each.

Updated at 10.05am AEST on 18 September 2020.

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