Victoria eases border restrictions for Brisbane, with Sydney set to follow

Andrew Cummings
January 16, 2021

Mr Andrews said the government was looking to reduce the red zone declaration to local government areas rather than preventing the entire Greater Sydney region from travelling to Victoria.

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.

There were no new locally acquired cases recorded on Saturday, but there were three new infections from overseas travellers who are hotel quarantine.

"We will make those announcements and confirm those arrangements as soon as we possibly can".

Mr Foley said the government is constantly reviewing the red zones, taking into account the number of active cases and mystery cases in both states.

He added there was no change to borders restrictions with Greater Sydney because there were still cases of community transmission being recorded.

State Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday the ease was recommended by state's Chief Health Officer, which would see the on-site work of Victorian Public Service running at 25 percent capacity at each site and 50 percent maximum capacity for all other office workplaces from January 18.

"I will look very intensively at the epidemiology across Greater Sydney over the next couple of days, but there are obviously some hotter areas in the west of Greater Sydney, but other local government areas that have had little to no transmission in the last week or the last two weeks".

All players and staff arriving in Victoria will be tested daily and must quarantine at one of three Australian Open-dedicated hotels for two weeks.

The Victorian Government will be matching test data and permit data to ensure arrivals from orange zones get tested, Mr Andrews said.

All people who were in the dental, physio and imaging waiting room of the Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic between 11.30am and 1.15pm on Friday are now considered close contacts.

"So you can't come back and get the permit and then forget to test or not bother to get tested", he said.

Meanwhile, from 12.01am on Sunday, travellers from Greater Brisbane will be able to enter South Australia without needing to quarantine but must be tested for the virus on days one, five and 12 of their stay.

The consecutive days of zero cases has prompted Western Australia to remove its hard border with Victoria from 12:01am on Monday - this means Victorians can freely travel to the state but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The state's health department said those released travellers must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result, after six people staying at the hotel contracted the more infectious United Kingdom strain.

WA's hard border remains for anyone who has been in New South Wales and Queensland. Check your jurisdiction's restrictions on gathering limits.

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