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The state government this afternoon moved to end its domestic border restrictions from 6pm, after a permits system for entering Victoria was introduced in January to protect the state from incoming cases of COVID-19.
Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie said the risk of having open border was “much lower” now that Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination rates were so high.
“Victoria’s border permits were designed for a time before we had a vaccine, and there was the likelihood of incursions from other states and territories,” he said.
However, Professor Cowie said COVID-19 safe measures, such as wearing masks where recommended, social distancing, using hand sanitiser and gathering outside where possible, are still “critical” despite the vaccination rate.
“It is also essential that we get tested if we have any symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, and tell our family, friends, workplace and school if we test positive to COVID,” he said.
Other permit provisions relating to international arrivals and international aircrew will remain entering Victoria are still in force.
The Victorian Government said all visitors will still be required to follow public health orders while in Victoria.