Two minors have arrived unaccompanied in Victoria after travelling from a NSW “red zone”.
The pair arrived in the hours after Victoria imposed a permit system in response to Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak on the Northern Beaches.
On Friday, Victoria implemented a permit system for everyone in NSW, those travelling through NSW and Victorian residents returning home.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches is considered a “red zone” and anyone travelling from there will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days after arriving in Victoria.
Victoria’s Minister for Health Martin Foley said two unaccompanied minors had arrived in the state on Saturday morning.
“In regards to the operations at Melbourne Airport, two unaccompanied minors arrived from the red zone this morning and have now gone into hotel quarantining with their carer who was self-isolating in Victoria after yesterday's announcements,” he said.
“That means that that family from the red zone will be spending Christmas in hotel quarantining.”
Mr Foley said the carer was already in Victoria, prior to the state implementing the permit system.
“My message to anyone in the red zones of Sydney is if you come to Melbourne, you will be spending your Christmas in hotel quarantining,” he said.
NSW confirmed 23 new cases on Saturday, 10 of which were previously reported at 11am (AEDT) on Friday.
The new cases prompted Premier Gladys Berejiklian to put Sydney’s Northern Beaches under lockdown and there is a chance Greater Sydney could see restrictions.
What is Victoria’s permit system?
Victoria’s permit system essentially consists of three tiers which determine whether or not someone is permitted to enter the state.
Victoria's new "traffic light" permit system means anyone who has been to Sydney’s Northern Beaches or other “red zone” locations since December 11 will be shut out or forced to quarantine in a hotel on arrival.
“If passengers do arrive from a red zone, they will be transferred to hotel quarantining for 14 days for the duration of that quarantine period,” Mr Foley said on Saturday.
The rest of Greater Sydney is in the ‘orange zone’.
Those in the orange zone are able to apply for a permit, though it is strongly encouraged they get tested for Covid as soon as they get into Victoria.
“Anyone travelling from Greater Sydney region, the orange zone, is encouraged to get tested on arrival and self-quarantine until they receive that negative test result,” Mr Foley said.
The health minister added there was a “significant risk” Covid has spread from the Northern Beaches to other parts of Sydney.
“If that is the case, and I stress that is an if, then we will have no choice but to declare all of Sydney a red zone,” he said.
“That will mean anyone who has been in Sydney will not be allowed into Victoria.”
People residing in or travelling through the ‘green zone’ are allowed to enter Victoria, this applies for the rest of NSW. People in green zone should still monitor for symptoms and get tested if needed.
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