VIC border closure to protect NSW
NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens. The closure will be effective from 12.01am Wednesday, 8 July and follows the concerning spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision was made after consulting with the NSW Chief Health Officer and discussions with the Prime Minister and Victorian Premier Dan Andrews. The people of NSW have done an incredible job to help stop the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to open up our economy, Ms Berejiklian said.
From 12.01am Tuesday 7 July, the NSW HotSpot Order will be extended to residents from Greater Melbourne. This means they will only be able to enter NSW for very limited reasons, such as obtaining medical care, or fulfilling a legal obligation. The border between NSW and Victoria will be closed from 12.01am Wednesday, 8 July. The requirement for NSW residents returning from Melbourne hotspots to self-isolate for 14 days will then be extended to anyone returning from Victoria. Heavy penalties and fines apply.