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Border rules strengthened

Border rules strengthened

NSW border residents will only be able to enter Victoria for six reasons

The Victorian Government has strengthened the rules on reasons for border bubble residents to enter Victoria from New South Wales.

The government announced on Monday that new changes will come into effect from 11.59pm on August 3.

It means that border bubble residents can only cross the border to enter Victoria without a permit for six reasons.

The reasons are for necessary goods and services, including medical care and getting a COVID-19 test, care and compassionate reasons and paid or voluntary work (including for charitable and religious purposes)

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The rules also include education (including childcare and early childcare services), getting a COVID-19 vaccination and sport and exercise at a sporting club or at a sport or physical recreation facility (excluding alpine areas).

The state said that people crossing the border to enter Victoria for one of the essential reasons must also not travel further than reasonable necessary to undertake the activity.

For example, if you live in Albury, you cannot shop in Wangaratta or or Melbourne if you can get essentials in Wodonga.

Victorian minister for health Martin Foley said limiting New South Wales' movement within Victoria was essential.

"With the outbreak in New South Wales still growing, the public health advice is clear: we need to limit unessential movement across the border into Victoria where it is practical and possible."

Those found crossing the border for a non essential reason face fines of up to $5452.

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