Ebene News – UA – Victoria to close border with NSW from 11:59 p.m. Friday

Victoria will close its border with New South Wales from 11:59 p.m. Friday to contain an NSW-linked outbreak in Melbourne that has risen to eight cases

Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan said the decision was made on health advice following 10 more COVID-19 cases recorded by NSW today

“It’s not an easy choice, closing borders and putting restrictions in place is never an easy choice to make, and certainly not the one we wanted to make and announce on a day that’s supposed to be a party “she told me

Ms Allan said there have now been eight cases of the coronavirus linked to an outbreak which, according to contact tracers, began on December 21 when a person returning from NSW had dinner at a restaurant in Black Rock in South East Melbourne

She urged Victorians still in NSW to return home before the border closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Those who arrive within 24 hours before the border closes will still have to take a test and quarantine for 14 days, she said

“Obviously this is going to confuse Victorians who may be on vacation,” Ms Allan said

“We apologize for this disruption, but as I said, these tough decisions are about protecting our community”

She said Victorians who returned from NSW after the border closed should enter hotel quarantine

Those in the Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions will not be able to enter Victoria from January 1 at midnight

People traveling from these regions before this date must apply for a new permit, be tested within 24 hours of arriving in Victoria and quarantine themselves at home for 14 days after leaving the respective regions of the New South Wales

Victoria border is already closed to the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney and NSW Central Coast regions

Previously, the government announced new restrictions on coronaviruses starting at 5:00 p.m. tonight that will limit private home gatherings to 15 visitors and make mask use indoors mandatory

Ms Allan said that meant people who had planned New Years Eve gatherings for tonight based on the current limit of 30 guests would have to cut back.

Under the existing rules, dependents are counted among the 15 visitors to the home, unless they are less than one year old

Masks will be mandatory for Victorians when they are indoors at any location outside their own home from 5:00 p.m., except when eating or drinking

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“We certainly apologize to the people who put plans in place, who were eager to organize events… but this is a necessary step, it is on the advice we received overnight “she said

Ms Allan said the only people expected to be in Melbourne’s central business district for New Years Eve were those who had already made reservations at a hospitality venue

The announcement comes after health officials recorded three new cases of coronavirus in Melbourne yesterday, ending the state’s 61-day streak of zero locally acquired cases

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said these three cases did the right thing by coming forward and being tested as soon as they showed symptoms, allowing authorities to discover the cluster

“We have currently contacted 52 close contacts of these three people,” he said, who Ms Allan said had grown to 70 close contacts in quarantine by the afternoon.

“These close contacts are found throughout much of Melbourne… and also include people in Leongatha and Barwon Heads”

He confirmed that contact tracers will contact the contacts of those close contacts today and ask them to get tested and quarantined for 14 days

Ms Allan said yesterday’s cases all had a direct or indirect connection to Thai restaurant Smile Buffalo in Black Rock on December 21

“One that evening, one case and two close contacts of cases visited this restaurant, as did a traveler returning from New South Wales,” she said

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regularly updates a list of public exhibition sites on its website, which so far includes:

DHHS has said anyone who has visited any of the locations during the stated times should get tested and self-isolate until they test negative

While not listed as an official public display site, the Royal Brighton Yacht Club has said it has closed for a thorough cleaning after learning that a confirmed case had visited its restaurant on December 29 between noon and 2 p.m.

“We can confirm from DHHS that the confirmed case sat outside, did not use the club toilet or visit any other area of ​​the club,” the club said

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Ebene News – UA – Victoria to close border with NSW from 11.59pm on Friday

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/victoria-coronavirus-nye-restrictions-announced-melbourne-cases/13023362

Ebene News – UA – Victoria to close border with NSW from 11:59 p.m. Friday

Victoria will close its border with New South Wales from 11:59 p.m. Friday to contain an NSW-linked outbreak in Melbourne that has risen to eight cases

Acting Prime Minister Jacinta Allan said the decision was made on health advice following 10 more COVID-19 cases recorded by NSW today

“It’s not an easy choice, closing borders and putting restrictions in place is never an easy choice to make, and certainly not the one we wanted to make and announce on a day that’s supposed to be a party “she told me

Ms Allan said there have now been eight cases of the coronavirus linked to an outbreak which, according to contact tracers, began on December 21 when a person returning from NSW had dinner at a restaurant in Black Rock in South East Melbourne

She urged Victorians still in NSW to return home before the border closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday

Those who arrive within 24 hours before the border closes will still have to take a test and quarantine for 14 days, she said

“Obviously this is going to confuse Victorians who may be on vacation,” Ms Allan said

“We apologize for this disruption, but as I said, these tough decisions are about protecting our community”

She said Victorians who returned from NSW after border closed should enter hotel quarantine

Those in the Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions will not be able to enter Victoria from January 1 at midnight

People traveling from these regions before this date must apply for a new permit, be tested within 24 hours of arriving in Victoria and quarantine themselves at home for 14 days after leaving the respective regions of the New South Wales

Victoria border is already closed to the Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney and NSW Central Coast regions

Previously, the government announced new restrictions on coronaviruses starting at 5:00 p.m. tonight that will limit private home gatherings to 15 visitors and make mask use indoors mandatory

Ms Allan said that meant people who had planned New Years Eve gatherings for tonight based on the current limit of 30 guests would have to cut back.

Under the existing rules, dependents are counted among the 15 visitors to the home, unless they are less than one year old

Masks will be mandatory for Victorians when they are indoors at any location outside their own home from 5:00 p.m., except when eating or drinking

We offer personalized homepages for the local audience in every state and territory Find out how to sign up for more Victorian news

“We certainly apologize to the people who put plans in place, who were eager to organize events… but this is a necessary step, it is on the advice we received overnight “she said

Ms Allan said the only people expected to be in Melbourne’s central business district for New Years Eve were those who had already made reservations at a hospitality venue

The announcement comes after health officials recorded three new cases of coronavirus in Melbourne yesterday, ending the state’s 61-day streak of zero locally acquired cases

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said these three cases did the right thing by coming forward and being tested as soon as they showed symptoms, allowing authorities to discover the cluster

“We have currently contacted 52 close contacts of these three people,” he said, who Ms Allan said had grown to 70 close contacts in quarantine by the afternoon.

“These close contacts are found throughout much of Melbourne… and also include people in Leongatha and Barwon Heads”

He confirmed that contact tracers will contact the contacts of those close contacts today and ask them to get tested and quarantined for 14 days

Ms Allan said yesterday’s cases all had a direct or indirect connection to Thai restaurant Smile Buffalo in Black Rock on December 21

“One that evening, one case and two close contacts of cases visited this restaurant, as did a traveler returning from New South Wales,” she said

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regularly updates a list of public exhibition sites on its website, which so far includes:

DHHS has said anyone who has visited any of the locations during the stated times should get tested and self-isolate until they test negative

While not listed as an official public display site, the Royal Brighton Yacht Club has said it has closed for a thorough cleaning after learning that a confirmed case had visited its restaurant on December 29 between noon and 2 p.m.

“We can confirm from DHHS that the confirmed case sat outside, did not use the club toilet or visit any other area of ​​the club,” the club said

This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and BBC World Service which is copyrighted and may not be reproduced

AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Victoria, Coronavirus, New South Wales, Australia, Melbourne

Ebene News – UA – Victoria to close border with NSW from 11.59pm on Friday

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-31/victoria-coronavirus-nye-restrictions-announced-melbourne-cases/13023362