NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says travellers from coronavirus hotspots in Victoria 'not welcome'

| 30.06,20. 03:12 PM |

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says travellers from coronavirus hotspots in Victoria 'not welcome'

Gladys Berejiklian urges QLD Government to reopen border(ABC News)

The NSW Premier says anyone from one of Victoria's coronavirus hotspots is "not welcome" into the state and that people should assume everyone from Melbourne has the virus.

As Victoria struggles with spikes in COVID-19 cases, Gladys Berejiklian has urged NSW residents to reject visitors from south of the border.

"I'm very concerned about what's happening in Victoria," she said.

"Do not allow anyone from a hotspot in Melbourne or from greater Melbourne to come into your home — you have the right to say no."

NSW Health announced this morning that non-essential travel between Melbourne and NSW was discouraged and that it had implemented restrictions on Melbourne travellers from entering "high-risk settings" such as aged-care facilities.

"Further restrictions may be implemented as the situation evolves," it said.

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The Premier said NSW would not consider closing its borders with Victoria "at this stage".

"NSW has kept its borders open during the entire [pandemic] time and we have managed to get to this place through vigilance and hard work of the community," she said.

"We feel that the warnings we have put out, the directions we have put out. The fact that we have proactively worked with major event organisers to prevent Victorians from purchasing tickets … we have done extremely well."

Yesterday, Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the state was "right on the edge" of being able to manage the peak in cases, which accelerated after restrictions in the state were eased.

A fresh blitz aiming to test 100,000 Victorians over a 10-day period is now underway and Professor Sutton said if the surge did get out of control "it will not be from a lack of effort".

Professor Sutton said there would also be an option of "localised lockdowns", which could see a gradual rollback of restrictions outside those suburban Melbourne hotspots.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this afternoon said borders would be opened from July 10 to all states expect Victoria.

Ms Berejiklian backed the opening of the Queensland borders saying "NSW has demonstrated that you can have a COVID-safe environment".

The comments come as NSW recorded another five new COVID-19 cases overnight, which were all from returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

A large swathe of restrictions are due to be relaxed tomorrow, but Ms Berejiklian has expressed some frustration with people who haven't been adhering to social distancing rules.

"I have noticed in and around my movements that people are starting to relax a little bit too much for my liking," she said.

"Don't relax. Assume everybody in and around you has the disease."


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