A significant fine awaits anyone who tries to cross the Victorian border without a permit, as the state records six days without a case of community transmission.
As the state records no new coronavirus cases overnight, and six days without a confirmed community transmission, a ‘traffic light’ system is in place at the border, for which everyone entering the state will need to present a permit.
Under these new rules, anyone coming in from a red zone—which currently includes greater Sydney and greater Brisbane—is banned from entering Victoria without an exemption.
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A hefty fine of nearly $5,000 awaits anyone who is caught trying to sneak into Victoria without a permit; those returning home will be forced to self-quarantine, while those visitors without an exemption will be sent home.
Travel into Victoria is permitted from ‘green zones’ in the rest of the country, but that could be flipped at short notice.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the new rules are in place to prevent new clusters from emerging and warned Victorians to reconsider travel.
“When you are making a judgment about whether you’re going to travel to other parts of the country, you have to at least give some thought to the notion that there could be an outbreak and your plans may well be impacted by that,” he said in a press conference.
“If I get public health advice to lock out another part of the country from people from that part of the country travelling to Victoria, I will not hesitate to do that, I will do it in a moment… The stakes are very high here. I make no apology for doing everything I can to keep Victoria safe.”