Daniel Andrews has stepped up his response to the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, confirming that from midnight tonight, Victoria will close its borders to Greater Sydney and the Central Coast.

Addressing the media this morning, he said:

“[With] no sense of anything other than the seriousness of this, these are not easy decisions to make and it will mean significant inconvenience for many people, I must announce on the best public health advice that from 11:59pm tonight we will declare all of greater Sydney and the Central Coast a red zone.”

He continued:

“Beyond that the Northern Beaches will become a hot zone and what that means is that nobody who is from those parts of Sydney, Greater Sydney or has visited that part of greater Sydney will be allowed to travel back to Melbourne or any part of Victoria.”

Per ABC News, Daniel Andrews also explained how this will work for people returning to Victoria, and when and how people will have to quarantine, saying:

“If you, as a Victorian who has been in Greater Sydney and come back to Melbourne before not midnight tonight but midnight Monday night you will have to be tested within 24 hours but you will be able to do your 14 days of quarantine at your home … If that is not safe we will try and put you up in a hotel. That is a special arrangement for those from Victoria coming back to Victoria.”

He continued:

“If you are not from Victoria you arrive after midnight tonight, then you will go into mandatory hotel quarantine. The door will close for home quarantine for Victorians on midnight Monday night.”

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