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NSW VIC Border Closure

NSW VIC Border Closure

Permits will be in place for residents

Update: Residents along the border will be able to apply for permits from tomorrow through Service NSW.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the initial closure is expected to cause delays.

"In the first 72 from midnight Tuesday this week, it will be difficult ... to make that crossing. There will be delays whilst we work through who are essential work.

"We have learnt lessons from QLD and SA. Services NSW, by tomorrow, will have an online application for an exemption."

CP Fuller said the task required multiple agencies to work together.

"We know there are four primary road crossings, 33 bridges, two waterway crossings and multiple smaller roads. The task is not lost on me in terms of the enormity of the logistics in this operation alone.

"There are 11 local government areas, five police districts that will all have to pull together to make this operation a success."

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said people returning to NSW from a Covid hotspot are required to self-isolate.

"We think [the border closure] is a prudent and precautionary approach," Dr Chant said.

"Based on the fact that we have seen increasing cases extending outside the hotspot areas, and recognising there is often a lag between when cases are recognised and diagnosed, we felt we needed to get ahead of the potential spread to safegaurd the seeding of NSW."

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Earlier: NSW/VIC border will close from 11.59pm Tuesday 7th July.

Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement earlier this morning.

"That is the result of a phone hook-up between the Prime Minister, the Premier of NSW and myself. All of us agree that the best thing to do is to close the border.

"That closure will be enforced on the NSW side, so as not to be a drain on resources that are very much focussed on fighting the virus right now across across our state. I'm very grateful to the Premier of NSW for her support in giving effect to that."

It has been confirmed a permit system will be in place for residents along the border.

"I apologise for any inconvenience that will cause for people who have unavoidable travel to NSW," Premier Andrews continued.

"Further detailed arrangements will be made by the Premier of NSW a bit later on today, but there will be a facility for people that live on those border communities to be able to travel to and from for the purposes of work, purposes of the sort of essential health services they might need."

Further details around the enforcement and permit system are expected to be announced by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at midday.

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