NSW-Victoria border restrictions to be eased for border communities

By Brayden May

ANYTHING allowed under step three COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria, will be extended to NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning.

She said the changes should take place next week.

"Now restrictions have been eased in regional Victoria, we are similarly doing that for our border communities to have consistency," she said.

"So whatever you can do in regional Victoria you can do in those [border] communities.

"We're also increasing the number of towns, I think around Shepparton, that will be included in the border community and we will provide hundred of exemptions for sheerer and harvesters to make sure critical ag workers are getting across the border."

Ms Berejiklian said the amended public health orders which would allow the change were currently with the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and should be signed today or tomorrow.

"Essentially there will be an easing of what border communities can do, given the easing of restriction in Victoria," she said.

"The health advice is when the risk in Victoria eases we want to provide as much relief as possible for our border communities.”