NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will issue a directive later today to ensure that anyone who has recently entered NSW from Victoria follows ‘stay at home’ rules, following the announcement by the Victorian Government of a five-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown.
The new Order will require that anyone in NSW who has been in Victoria at any time on or after Friday 29 January 2021 remains at their home or place of residence for the five-day period announced by the Victorian Government.
People arriving in NSW from Greater Melbourne by road will also be required to complete a declaration form. This is addition to persons arriving from Victoria by air or rail.
The Victorian restrictions become effective at midnight tonight, and under current arrangements will expire at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February. The NSW Order will ensure that the same requirements will apply even if people have left Victoria before it comes into effect.
People now in NSW who have been in Victoria on or since 29 January will be permitted to leave their places of residence for the same four reasons allowed under the Victorian restrictions. These are: shopping for essential items, medical and other care and caregiving, exercise, and essential work.
NSW strongly advises against all non-essential travel to Victoria at this time. People who do choose to travel will be required to follow the stay-at-home requirement on their return.
People subject to the restrictions in Victoria should not be travelling to NSW unless they are permitted to do so.