Unvaxxed Victorians to be BANNED from holidaying in NSW

New travel rules announced by the NSW Government will ban unvaccinated Victorians from entering NSW for holiday or recreation purposes.

A statement released on Thursday night revealed that from November 1, an unvaccinated person who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days will not be able to enter NSW for those two purposes.

Appropriate exemptions will be established for people living in border communities.

Currently, anyone who enters NSW who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must complete a declaration and adhere to the stay at home rules currently in place until Monday November 1, when this requirement will be lifted.

An image of a man vaccinating a man.
Unvaxxed Victorians to be banned from holidaying in NSW from November 1. Source: Getty

Victoria to scrap quarantine

Victoria will scrap quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated Australians arriving from overseas from the start of next month, bringing the state into line with NSW.

According to several media reports, cabinet ministers met on Thursday night to sign off the plan, which could come into effect as early as November 1.

Victoria notched up another grim milestone on Thursday, surpassing 1000 Covid-related deaths as it reported a further 12 fatalities and 2232 fresh local infections.

It is the state's second highest daily case tally of the pandemic. Professor Cowie warned "thousands more cases" could emerge as the city reopens and urged people to continue to wear masks and socially distance.

Pedestrians wearing mask walk on a bridge crossing the Yarra River in Melbourne on July 16, 2021, after Australia's second largest city entered a fresh lockdown amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases. (Photo by ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE / AFP) (Photo by ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP via Getty Images)
Melbourne (left) will come out of lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday. From November 1, unvaccinated Victorians will not be allowed to enter NSW for holidays. Source: Getty

Victoria on the fast track to Covid freedoms

Victoria is on track to reach its next major vaccination target ahead of schedule as Melbourne prepares to exit lockdown, meaning more freedoms are fewer than two weeks away.

The city will emerge from its sixth shutdown at 11:59pm on Thursday, five days earlier than planned after hitting its 70 per cent full vaccination target.

The regional town of Mildura will also exit its lockdown at midnight, a day earlier than planned.

Analysts predict the next target, 80 per cent double dose, may be reached by October 30, a week ahead of the original November 5 estimate.

At that point the metropolitan/regional border will come down, mandatory masks outdoors will be dumped, all retail reopens and up to 150 fully vaccinated patrons can be inside venues.

Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie said the state has 500,000 second doses left to administer to get to 80 per cent.

"We are doing everything we can to hit our next vaccine milestone as quickly as we possibly can. But to also make sure that nobody is left behind," he said.

When stay-at-home orders are repealed, Melbourne residents will have spent 77 full days in their current lockdown, and a world record total of 263 days since the beginning of the pandemic.

Under new rules from Friday, people can leave their homes for any reason and travel anywhere within Melbourne, the 9pm curfew is scrapped and home gatherings of up to 10 are permitted.

Businesses including hairdressers, beauticians and hospitality will reopen for the fully vaccinated.

with AAP

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