Victorians as popular as canetoads

Police guarding all border crossings as NSW slams the door on travelling Victorians.

NSW shuts border with Victoria

COVID-19 travel restrictions entered new territory on Monday afternoon when New South Wales announced it would close the border at midnight on Tuesday after talks between the two states and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The midnight Tuesday travel restrictions apply to all Victorian residents apart from Melburnians for whom the ban begins immediately after the entire city – and not just a handful of suburbs – was reclassified as a coronavirus hotspot.

Victoria has recorded its highest-ever daily increase in cases – 127. A man in his 90s died of the virus in hospital overnight on Sunday and another man in his 60s passed away on Monday morning. The nation’s COVID-19 death toll is now 106 and there are 645 Victorians ill with the virus.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said the new cases included another 26 from the nine high-rise towers in northern Melbourne suburbs that were locked down on Saturday. The number of cases in the towers has doubled since Sunday.

NSW was the only state accepting Victorians until today. The decision to shut the border for the first time in 100 years was made during a conference involving Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Mr Morrison.

The border closure would be policed by NSW authorities with NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warning of major delays at crossings.

“I'm grateful it will be enforced on the NSW side of the border so that it's not a resource burden for us,” Mr Andrews said.

“We have got quite a bit to go on with at the moment and that's where our focus and energies have been ... and will remain.”

He explained that a ‘permit system’ would allow residents of border communities, such as Albury-Wodonga to pass between the two states to go to work, study or undertake other essential business.

NSW residents returning to their home state from Victoria would be required to self-isolate for 14 days, as is currently required when returning from a hotspot.

Ms Berejiklian said NSW police were already at border crossings to enforce a ban that prevents residents from Melbourne's 12 ‘hotspot’ postcodes from entering the state.

“While I do appreciate it is an inconvenience for some people, I don't think today's announcement will surprise anyone, given what is happening in Victoria,” Ms Berejiklian said. “There will always be exemptions, so we do anticipate there will be some flights and passenger trains.”

There are 55 NSW-Victorian border crossings – four primary crossings, 33 bridges, two waterway crossings and multiple smaller roads. Mr Fuller said he was well aware of the “enormity” of the task.

Meanwhile, Woolworths has cancelled online deliveries from a major distribution centre in West Footscray after an employee tested positive to COVID-19 and a Bunnings store in Craigieburn is undergoing a deep clean after an employee there tested positive.

And the Victorian Public Tenants Association has criticised the sudden lockdown of more than 3000 tenants in nine affected tower blocks in northern Melbourne suburbs, saying residents were unprepared and many were left without enough groceries and other supplies.

“It was just done in a pretty ham-fisted manner,” executive officer Mark Feenane told Nine’s Today Show on Monday.

Mr Andrews announced that the government was delivering food and medical supplies to residents and making $1500 hardship payments to those who could not work and $750 to anyone not in the workforce.

Police are guarding every entrance of the housing estates and residents cannot leave their homes for any reason for at least five days.

Does the closure affect any travel plans you may have made? Do you understand why Victorians are now banned from entering all other states and territories? Do you believe Victoria has handled the challenges as well as possible?

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    powerful
    6th Jul 2020
    6:52pm
    Not that my opinion will count for anything but I do find it interesting that States show that we really are not one country... When NSW had blow outs in coronavirus cases .. Victoria did not close the borders... Vic has cases.. CLOSE THE BORDER.. even though most of the state doesn't have any cases... ..
    KSS
    6th Jul 2020
    9:32pm
    The situation in Victoria now is very different to what has gone before. They now have significant community transmission which was always the fear and is now a reality in Melbourne. It is for that reason that the decision to close the border was made and it is the right decision. You only have to look at the various incidents that have happened to see that some people cannot be trusted to do the right thing. This is the price they now have to pay until transmission is under control.
    Ted Wards
    8th Jul 2020
    8:51am
    What I found interesting was that after all the criticism flung at QLd by NSW to open our border they are so quick to do what they asked another state to not do. Interesting times.
    powerful
    6th Jul 2020
    6:52pm
    Not that my opinion will count for anything but I do find it interesting that States show that we really are not one country... When NSW had blow outs in coronavirus cases .. Victoria did not close the borders... Vic has cases.. CLOSE THE BORDER.. even though most of the state doesn't have any cases... ..
    Bakka
    7th Jul 2020
    8:34am
    They only have themselves to blame for this as so many “ flouted “ the call for practicing social distancing protocols.
    Also don’t buy the excuse of language difficulties...this thing is effecting the whole world across all races and languages.Another major problem for Victoria authorities is the so called “ Social Freedom “ mob who keep stirring up those in lock down .
    However Andrews has really dropped the ball on this by allowing those in so called lock down to still go to work etc!,,Totally unbelievable.
    Should learn from Singapore’s experience, you must get ahead of the virus not chance it..the only way to do that is to relocate all those in the hot zones and fully isolate them...A huge call and would be very unpopular but the only way to get on top of this thing..or just let it rip and spread across the country and go back to square one again...but this time with no money left to prop up the country. “There are consequences for every action or inaction “
    Greg
    7th Jul 2020
    9:58am
    "Ms Berejiklian said NSW police were already at border crossings to enforce a ban that prevents residents from Melbourne's 12 ‘hotspot’ postcodes from entering the state."

    None seen on Saturday and none there on Monday 5.00pm.
    Going up on Sat I wasn't stopped until Goulburn in town, and that was for an RBT.
    BillF2
    7th Jul 2020
    11:37am
    What is most obvious about the border closures and the high rise lockdowns is that none of the premiers has an endgame, a goal to get out of the corona mess. They show how wonderful they are at exercising autocracy and organising police and army, but they cannot explain to the public what they are doing and where we are heading. Headless chooks springs to mind!
    Chris B T
    7th Jul 2020
    11:40am
    We be Right Up The Sewer Creek by now if not for Closed Borders.
    All the belly aching over my "Business" won't survive what about the Country/Population.
    Unbelievable behaviours with the Recent Past Events, it was bound to happen.
    sainter
    7th Jul 2020
    7:15pm
    Very true Chris B T....All we heard for weeks from certain people was open the borders...open the borders.....business will die...well people getting ill and passing away from this horrid virus seemed to be a secondary concern at times.
    sainter
    7th Jul 2020
    7:15pm
    Very true Chris B T....All we heard for weeks from certain people was open the borders...open the borders.....business will die...well people getting ill and passing away from this horrid virus seemed to be a secondary concern at times.
    Happy
    7th Jul 2020
    12:21pm
    If only those people who have coronavirus consider others and not : go to work, socialise, Get tested and stay at home. What are they thinking, you are making it worse for everyone else
    Funkee
    8th Jul 2020
    10:21am
    Dictator Dan (and his gang of thugs) should be sacked immediately for his complete and utter bungling over the way he has handled the whole affair. To issue hard lock down orders and impose other completely unnecessary restrictions on others directly contradicts the WHO's findings on transmission.
    On the 4th of June in a sudden and unexpected about-face, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the evidence is scant to suggest that infected people without symptoms are capable of transmitting the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to others.

    Speaking publicly, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, recently explained that based on the data the organization has been collecting over the past several months, “it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual.” Dr Tony Fauci has also repeated this news saying it is "extremely unlikely" that an asymptomatic carrier can transmit the disease to another.
    So why then has Dan the commie man locked the state down? This news is nearly a month old, so you can be sure that both he and his team of advisory health officials are very much aware of this. But in spite of the fact that person to person transmission is all but impossible in the asymptomatic, he is forcing in true Nazi/Commie style, unwarranted lockdowns and causing enormous financial pain, anxiety and anguish, stress, and harm to the mental health of many as he unlawfully deprives people of their freedom.
    Read it again and let it sink in what this man is doing against the advice of the WHO. Sorry Dan but I'm pretty sure they know more about medical matters than you.
    Why are Victorians not raising hell about this?


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