Anyone from a coronavirus hotspot in Victoria is being warned they could cop a hefty fine, or even jail time, if they’re caught trying to cross the border into NSW.
It comes after Victoria yesterday declared 36 suburbs across 10 postcodes as hotspot areas, with anyone from those areas now banned from entering NSW.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard issued the stern warning on Wednesday, stating any Victorian from a hotspot who is busted trying to enter NSW could face six months behind bars or a hefty fine of up to $11,000.
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“Victorians living in virus hotspots have to take the Victorian and NSW health orders seriously and should be very aware that NSW will impose penalties if they seek to leave hotspot suburbs to enter NSW,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Normally we love having Victorians and Queenslanders and everybody else coming to visit us but Victorians right now, from those hotspots, are not welcome in NSW. We’re sorry.”It’s not something we want to do but we must do for our own safety.”
NSW residents who have visited hotspot areas in the past fortnight will also be forced to stay at home for two weeks.
“The message to NSW residents is don’t go to Victorian hotspots, just don’t go,” Mr Hazzard said.
It comes after Queensland yesterday announced that interstate visitors would be welcomed back to the sunshine state from July 10, except those from Victoria.
Anyone coming into Queensland from interstate will have to fill in an online declaration, with fines of up to $4000 for those who falsify their forms.
There have been 73 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Victoria in the past 24 hours, in NSW there have been 14 cases, while Queensland has recorded another day of no new cases.