The NSW Government has announced it will reopen its border with Victoria on November 23 after it being closed for almost four months.
As part of the state’s next step in its road to recovery, the welcome news will be music to the ears of those planning on spending the festive season with their loved ones.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “I want to thank the community, particularly in our border towns, for their patience during what has been an extremely difficult time.”
She went on to say that decision to reopen the border was not taken lightly, and that they will be watching closely to see how events pan out in the coming months.
“We have worked closely with the Victorian Government throughout the border closure and will continue to monitor the situation as restrictions are eased,” she said.
Our policy in NSW is to keep moving forward and operating in a COVID-Safe manner – the reopening of the NSW/Victorian border is another step in the right direction.Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, praised the patience shown by affected residents and said that they can now look ahead to getting things back to how they were before the border ban.
“This will be good riddance to a border that COVID-19 forced on us,” he said.
Victorian and NSW residents’ efforts have ensured families and friends will be back together and businesses will operate freely but in a COVID-safe way.NSW Health Minister – Brad Hazzard
NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said that through increased contact tracing between the two states they are ready to act swiftly and effectively if necessary.
“Our priority will remain protecting the health and safety of the community,” Dr Chant said.