NSW residents planning to travel south this Christmas and spend time in Melbourne will be able to do so, with Gladys Berejiklian predicting that the border between the two states will be opened within a month.
Speaking to the media, Mrs. Berejiklian said that she hoped that the border would open sooner rather than later, but that Victoria had a big test to pass before she pressed the button.
“We are very keen to see what happens in Victoria once further restrictions are eased because that’s the real test,” the NSW Premier said on Monday.
“And if Victoria demonstrates that they’ve … upped their contact tracing capacity, that they’re able to demonstrate they’re not going to have uncontrolled outbreaks while they’re easing restrictions, well that will give us confidence to open the borders.”
On Sunday, Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, declared that Melburnians were permitted to travel 25 km from their homes, 5 km away, and exercise indefinitely.
In addition to the re-opening of schools, hairdressers have also reopened, and prospective dates for stores and restaurants to welcome back customers have also fallen.
Ms. Berejiklian said the proposed 25 km bubble for Melbourne residents would be a successful test for the state and whether it would be safe to open the border.
“Once you increase that to 25km as they’ve done, once you’ve raised other restrictions, you can then tell whether they are on top of their contact tracing,” she said, noting her government will be carefully monitoring Victoria for least two weeks.
Actually, the NSW / Victoria border bubble is at a distance of 50 km, which ensures that any person residing inside the bubble will be able to receive a border person permit to the NSW.