Travellers from Brisbane and regional New South Wales will be able to freely travel into Victoria from tomorrow when the state eases COVID-19 restrictions further.
In addition, Victorians will be able to enjoy larger home gatherings of 30 people from midnight tonight, following reduced exposure risk and continued low community transmission in the state.
As such, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minster for Health Martin Foley will declare Greater Brisbane and regional NSW as 'green zones', meaning travellers do not have to isolate for 14-days on arrival.
The Greater Sydney Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool City, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality will join the rest of Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Blue Mountains as orange zones.
For now, Cumberland LGA will remain a red zone. People from Cumberland are still not permitted to travel to Victoria without an exemption, exception or essential worker permit.
Anyone who is now in an orange zone and meets the permit criteria can now apply for an Orange Zone Permit from 6:00pm tonight.
Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.
Travel from a green zone requires people to watch and get tested if they have any symptoms at all.
"Victorians have done an incredible job getting tested and we're happy to be able make these changes to private gatherings in time for a public holiday so families can continue to enjoy a COVIDSafe Summer," Premier Andrews said.
Victoria reported no locally acquired cases of COVID-19 today, and one positive case in hotel quarantine, from 16,465 tests.
Globally there are now 98,085,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more 2 million people have died from the coronavirus.
Updated at 10.48am AEDT on 22 January 2021.
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