Victoria has pulled the trigger on effectively closing its border to NSW and the ACT after days of urging its residents to hurry back home.
Victorians were given just hours to return from NSW and the ACT as the border effectively shut over fears COVID-19 could leak out of Sydney.
The entirety of NSW and the ACT became red zones under Victoria’s travel permit system from 11.59pm on Sunday, as the southern state’s school holidays ended.
The border closure announcement was made just after 4pm on Sunday, giving little time for people to return on their existing orange zone permits.
But Victorian authorities had been foreshadowing a blanket NSW red zone declaration for days, encouraging residents to return home urgently.