Gladys to open up NSW border to VIC in coming weeks
After months of staying tightly shut off from NSW, Victorian residents may be able to visit in just three weeks.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcer that a target has been set for November 23, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The southern state has recorded four consecutive days of zero cases since Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews lofted intense coronavirus restrictions on Melbournians.
The NSW Premier has repeatedly hinted at bringing down the border soon.
On Monday she said it would come down within “weeks, not months” and said a decision would be revealed on Wednesday.
Annastacia Palaszczuk however has so far refused to open the Queensland border to Sydneysiders.
Ms Berejiklian previously told reporters that a final decision on opening the border Victoria would only come after the state has been out of lockdown for a minimum of two weeks.
“Now that Victoria is down to zero or a just handful of community transmissions a day that gives us pause to reflect on when that two-week period starts for us and of course we'll base that on health advice,” she said on Monday.
“But I certainly wanted to give the signal to the people of NSW that we're talking weeks not months in terms of when the Victorian border may come down, but that again is based on health advice.
“I think it is important to allow people to plan ahead, it's important for our airline sector, it’s important for people who rely on hospitality and tourism to consider what the future may hold.
“That's why, without pre-empting any future decisions, it could be weeks not months in terms of the NSW-Victoria border opening.”
The border between NSW and Victoria closed for the first time in a century on July 8.