Australian tourists in regional NSW are being urged to return to their home states “immediately”, as more jurisdictions look to follow Victoria in closing their borders entirely.
Victoria made the announcement on Sunday that as of 11.59pm, all of NSW and the ACT would become a “red zone”, meaning only Victorian residents could return home but would still have to undergo 14 days quarantine.
Northern Territory officials hinted at introducing similar restrictions, telling residents currently in regional NSW “now is the time to come back”.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles said on Sunday the chief health officer was watching the situation in NSW closely and “won’t hesitate to act”.
A hard border is already in place in Western Australia and South Australia, with anyone returning from NSW or Queensland allowed to enter the state only with an exemption and required to undergo 14 days of quarantine.