Anyone who arrived in Victoria from New Zealand between 14 January 2021 and 25 January 2021 should get tested within 72 hours of arrival (or as soon as possible if they arrived more than three days ago) and isolate until they get a negative result.
This precautionary approach is in response to the discovery of community exposure in New Zealand.
The Australian Government has suspended the current ‘travel bubble’ arrangements between New Zealand and Australia for 72 hours, commencing 4.30pm yesterday, Monday 25 January.
This means that travellers coming from New Zealand to Victoria in the 72 hours following this suspension will enter mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. If you plan to travel to Victoria from New Zealand over the coming days, you are strongly encouraged to reconsider.
The Department of Health and Human Services will contact individuals who have entered Victoria from New Zealand since January 14 to inform them about isolating, getting tested, and staying isolated until they receive a negative test result.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the situation New Zealand over the next 72 hours and will provide further updates.
Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday.
The new case is in a woman in her 40s who is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
There are no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Victoria. This is the 20th consecutive day where Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.
The number of active cases in Victoria is 31, made up of one locally acquired case linked to the Black Rock restaurant cluster, no change since yesterday, and 30 cases in travellers in hotel quarantine, no change since yesterday.
As announced on Friday, changes to the ‘traffic light’ travel permit zones in New South Wales and Queensland are now in effect.
Only one Local Government Area (LGA) - Cumberland in Greater Sydney - remains as a red zone.
If you have been in the Cumberland LGA in the past 14 days, other than for transit, you cannot enter Victoria without an exemption, exception, Specified Worker Permit or Freight Worker Permit.
Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Blue Mountains are orange zones. Anyone who is now in an orange zone and meets the permit criteria can now apply for an Orange Zone Permit. Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.
Greater Brisbane and regional New South Wales, excluding Wollongong and Blue Mountains, has changed from an orange zone to a green zone.
Travel from a green zone requires people to watch out for and get tested if they have any symptoms at all.
Travellers must also confirm they have not been in the remaining red zone of Cumberland within the past 14 days (other than for transit), have not been in close contact with a coronavirus case and do not have any symptoms.
Exemption applications are no longer required for those LGAs downgraded to an orange zone – unless people have also been in a red zone in the last 14 days.
This ‘traffic light’ system allows all residents and travellers wishing to enter Victoria from anywhere across Australia to apply for a permit via the Service Victoria online portal. It takes less than five minutes to complete a permit application which is processed automatically.
Since the portal went live on 11 January, 356,711 permits have been issued. In the past 24 hours, 23,699 applications have been processed – an average of 16.5 permits issued each minute.
In response to Victoria’s continued low levels of COVID-19 transmission, the cap on gatherings limits in homes has risen from 15 to 30 people.
We are asking people to stay sensible and mark Australia Day in a COVIDSafe way.
The movement of people is a main driver for the spread of COVID-19 and this virus can spread quickly, so we urge the people of Victoria to use common sense this Australia Day. We have invested too much in our fight against COVID-19 to let our guard down and become complacent.
Party-goers should continue to practice physical distancing, maintain good hygiene, wash their hands regularly and thoroughly or use hand sanitiser, don't share drinks, and stay home and get tested even if they have the mildest of symptoms.
Given the current low levels of COVID-19 community transmission in Victoria, the Victorian Chief Health Officer has recommended that mask wearing is no longer necessary in certain settings. Masks are only mandatory:
- on public transport
- when riding in a ride share or taxi
- inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
- inside indoor markets
- in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
- on domestic flights to and from Victoria
- at airports
- in hospitals and care facilities
You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
Yesterday 11,656 tests were processed, bringing the overall testing total in Victoria since the pandemic began to 4,389,104.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.
Reviewed 25 January 2021