Some Victorian restrictions ease overnight
Here’s what’s changed in some states while you were (hopefully) sleeping.
QLD lifts restrictions for areas outside of Greater Melbourne
The Queensland government’s hotspot declcaration for all Victorian local government areas outside Greater Melbourne has now been lifted.
The change took effect from 1:00am.
The 31 local government areas which make up Greater Melbourne remain COVID-19 hotspot zones.
Anyone who’s been Victoria in the last 14 days must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration Pass at least three business days before entering the state.
Stay-at-home orders lifted in NSW but concern remains
Stay at home orders for people who have been in Victoria have now been lifted, but authorities remain concerned about possible transmission in central and north western New South Wales.
Health alerts have been issued for a number of new venues in Dubbo, Forbes and Moree after a couple from Victoria travelled through the regional areas on their way to Queensland and then tested positive to the virus.
Health authorities have denied people were turned away from Moree testing sites after long wait times and concerns they were running out of tests.
NSW Health says while there’s been a tremendous response to testing from the community, it’s prioritising people who have been at the exposure venues.
Restrictions lifted in Tas
Tasmania’s border restrictions with Victoria have been in place since last month when coronavirus hit Melbourne again.
From midnight last night regional Victoria was downgraded to low risk, meaning people travelling from those areas can now enter the state without needing to quarantine.
Anyone who is in quarantine from regional Victoria is able to leave.
Melbourne city is still considered high-risk and only essential travellers will be allowed into Tasmania to self-isolate for a fortnight. The state government says its unlikely Melbourne’s risk will be downgraded until after the long weekend.