Victoria will close its border to everyone from Greater Sydney and the Central Coast from midnight tonight.
The areas have been declared ‘red zones’ meaning people who have been in those areas will have to apply for a permit and be forced into two weeks mandatory hotel quarantine.
Sydney’s northern beaches remain a ‘hot zone’ with people from there not allowed in the state at all.
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Victorians returning from those areas before midnight on Monday will be allowed to quarantine at home.
But any returning residents after that time will also be forced into hotel quarantine.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned the restrictions will not be lifted before Christmas.
“This is a difficult decision, but it is the appropriate decision. It is based on the best of public health advice. It is proportionate to a deteriorating set of circumstances in Greater Sydney,” Mr Andrews said.
“With those additional exposure sites, we have every reason to believe this has come from hotel quarantine, they have then got an Avalon cluster, there are missing links in the chain of transmission, and that is what really gives us significant concern.”
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says they are concerned the virus will spread to other areas of Sydney.
“Even though the majority of cases are from the Northern Beaches area, there are absolutely exposure sides outside of that area,” Professor Sutton said.
“Those exposure sides are sometimes busy places. There is every reason to think there might be cases now emerging outside of the Northern Beaches area.”
Victoria recorded two cases in hotel quarantine overnight.
The state has now gone 51 days with no local cases.