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NSW border tightened

NSW border tightened

Rise in Victorian cases leading to tightened border restrictions

The New South Wales Government will introduce further restrictions on entering the state from Victoria.

In a statement released by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, from midnight tomorrow (July 21) a border zone, clearly defined along the Murray River, will restrict entry to NSW for Victorians to extremely limited purposes.

Under a permit, NSW border residents will be restricted in their reasons for travelling into the Victorian side of the border zone.

If they travel beyond the border zone into Victoria, they will be required to self-isolate upon return for 14 days.

Any other NSW resident who crosses the Murray River, or otherwise enters Victoria or has been there in the last 14 days, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to NSW.

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All NSW residents are strongly urged not to travel to Victoria.

All currently issued permits and any issued between now and the commencement of the border zone will expire at midnight on Tuesday and people will have to reapply for a new permit if they remain eligible to.

The conditions imposed on permits under the Order are being tightened. The revised Order will:

- Require COVID Safety Plans for people entering NSW for child access or care arrangements, and freight workers

- Require other critical service workers to self-isolate when not providing their critical services

- Require people attending boarding school or universities as either staff or students to self-isolate for 14 days and obtain a negative swab before attending school

- Restrict entry for medical or hospital services to only be allowed where those services are not available in Victoria or cannot be accessed remotely

- Prohibit seasonal workers coming from Victoria into NSW

- Require any person who accompanies a person with a permit such as a dependent child to also comply with any conditions on the permit, including self-isolating.

From 02:00pm today, border residents can check Service NSW to determine if their address falls within the newly established border restrictions.

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