“Careful easing” will see lockdown restrictions lifted in regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 9 September. Following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, the five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton which is still managing serious COVID-19 outbreaks.
There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne, where serious outbreaks of the pandemic are also being managed.
Businesses that are open in regional Victoria – such as restaurants or beauty services – must check the IDs of everyone they serve
Protecting the Border
With the situation in New South Wales still so unstable and community transmission so widespread, the Victorian Government is also working to make sure Victorians stuck on the border can return home safely as soon as possible.
As part of National Cabinet’s work on the National Plan, a number of states including Victoria, have agreed with the Commonwealth to commence trials of home-based quarantine. The first of these pilots will support around 200 Victorian residents who have been stuck on the NSW side of the border to return home.
Victorians who have been residing in a NSW Local Government Border Area for at least the 14 days from Wednesday, 25 August to Wednesday, 8 September will be able to apply for a new permit exemption category: ‘Victorians in the cross-border community’ to come home.
Applications for exemptions will be open for seven days from midday on Friday 10 September, closing at 6:00pm on Friday 17 September 2021.
Victorians applying for this exemption will need to provide proof of their primary residence in Victoria, evidence of a negative COVID19 test result 48 hours prior to their arrival in Victoria and that they have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Applicants will also be required to provide evidence such as receipts and QR check in records that they have stayed within the border region and maintained minimal social contact while in NSW.
Victorians will be able to apply for the repatriation exemption via the Service Victoria website and applications will be assessed within 72 hours. Successful applicants will be required to drive directly to their home in Victoria, stopping only for a further test along the way and then isolate at their home for 14 days.
Any other household members are also required to quarantine and compliance checks from authorised officers will help ensure returnees are observing their quarantine obligations.
Any Victorians who are currently in NSW or the ACT but have not been in a designated NSW border Local Government Area all of the last 14 days are not eligible to apply and should remain where they are.
Further pilots are being worked on which would support Victorians in other areas of NSW and the ACT who want to come home. Some of these trials for people coming from higher risk areas may involve technology solutions to assist with monitoring of home quarantine.