New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian had some good news for Victorians this morning, as she finally confirmed when the state’s border will reopen to its southern neighbours. From November 23, Victorians will once again be able to enter NSW.
“On Monday, 23 November – the NSW/Victoria border will reopen,” the premier wrote on Twitter. “We need to keep moving forward as we live with COVID-19. I have confidence that everyone will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe.”
From that date people will be able to move freely between the states without needing to quarantine. And, in line with the border changes, hospitality businesses across NSW will also have to use QR codes for contact tracing from the same date.
It comes after Victoria recorded no new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday for the fifth consecutive day, as well as no further deaths, bringing metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average down to 1.7, while the average in regional Victoria remains at zero.
On Monday, 23 November – the NSW/Victoria border will reopen. We need to keep moving forward as we live with COVID-19. I have confidence that everyone will continue to work hard to keep everyone safe.
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) November 4, 2020
Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the news, however he urged Victorians to think before rushing north to Sydney. “This is very good news, not just for those who live close to that border but indeed for all Victorians,” he said, reports 9News.
“But again I would urge all Victorians, don’t be going to Sydney for Christmas unless you absolutely have to. If you want a summer holiday – we have lots of opportunities here.”
New South Wales recorded nine new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, however six of those are already in hotel quarantine, meaning just three are a result of community transmission.