NSW instructs recent arrivals from Victoria to self-quarantine at home for five days

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Sydney, Australia:

New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state has advised Victorians who have entered NSW in the past fourteen days to self-quarantine at home for five days starting 11:59 p.m. Friday.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will issue a directive later today to ensure that anyone who has recently entered NSW from Victoria follows ‘stay at home’ rules, following the announcement by the Victorian Government of a five-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown.

The new Order will require that anyone in NSW who has been in Victoria at any time on or after Friday 29 January 2021 remains at their home or place of residence for the five-day period announced by the Victorian Government. People arriving in NSW from Greater Melbourne by road will also be required to complete a declaration form.

The Victorian restrictions become effective at midnight tonight, and under current arrangements will expire at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February.

The NSW Order will ensure that the same requirements will apply even if people have left Victoria before it comes into effect. People now in NSW who have been in Victoria on or since 29 January will be permitted to leave their places of residence for the same four reasons allowed under the Victorian restrictions.

These are: – shopping for essential items,- medical and other care and caregiving,- exercise,- and essential work.