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NSW government’s Victorian border closure and Victoria’s COVID-19 stage 3 restrictions

From 11:59pm on August 5, our communities must observe the Victorian Government’s stage 3 restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. You must also wear a mask or face covering when you leave home. Find out about these restrictions here.

This follows the NSW decision from July 8 to close its border with Victoria to contain a spike in COVID-19 infections. NSW tightened these restrictions from July 22.

Eligible Victorian residents need a permit to cross into NSW until further notice. You can check your eligibility and apply online. If you’re eligible and you need a permit printed, go to Service NSW in The Cube, 118 Hovell Street, Wodonga between 9:00am and 4:00pm weekdays.

I see, hear, know and understand the deep impact these decisions have had on our daily lives in our North East Victorian communities and the frustration and worry they’ve caused.

With my federal parliamentary colleagues who represent other border communities and our mayors, I tell the cross-border commissioner daily about the impact of the border restrictions. I’ve also written to the NSW Premier, Prime Minister and Victorian Ministers. You can read my statements here.

Please call my office on 02 6024 6284 or 03 5721 7077 or email helen.haines.mp@aph.gov.au if you have difficulties because of the restrictions. Check my Facebook page for updates.


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