Victoria to relax NSW travel restrictions
Victoria is set to open its borders to most of NSW as premier Daniel Andrews hints the green zone will expand and the last red zone will move to orange.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged the "vast majority" of orange zones in New South Wales will change to green zones as soon as tomorrow, paving the way for travel to resume with almost all of Greater Sydney.
The premier also hinted the final red zone in the state would be reclassified as an orange zone.
"We've had discussions with the Chief Health Officer during the week and are confident tomorrow there will be changes to settings," Mr Andrews said.
"I would hope to have by the end of tomorrow no red zones in NSW ... but there may be some remnants of a couple of local government areas that remain orange."
The last remaining red zone is the Cumberland local government area in Sydney's west.
Victoria continued its virus-free streak today, recording its 22nd consecutive day of no community COVID-19 transmission, with all 27 active cases in hotel quarantine.
Three more cases were detected in the hotel quarantine program over the last 24 hours, none of which are connected to the Australian Open.
Mr Andrews said mask rules would remain in place for Victorians to provide an "extra layer of protection" against a super-spreader event.
NSW reached 11 days straight of no new locally transmitted cases today, prompting Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to open up its border.
The premier confirmed the hard border lockout would end on Monday after the December 21 closure, which saw numerous suburbs in Greater Sydney banned.
South Australia will also reopen its border to Greater Sydney travellers on Sunday.