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COVID-19 Community Update: last step restrictions, changes to face masks and NSW border reopened (23 November)

23 November 2020


Today two very significant changes were made for Victorians –  the state moved to the last step in easing COVID restrictions and the New South Wales border restrictions were removed.
 
This comes as a great relief for many people, businesses and community groups.  
 
We have also been provided with some certainty about Christmas with 30 visitors per day confirmed from 11.59pm on 13 December.
 
SUMMARY OF CHANGES

MASK WEARING
Common sense has prevailed and mask wearing is now no longer mandatory in Victoria when you are outside.
 
You must however still carry a mask for situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained and for when you may need to enter shop and indoor place of any kind.
 
My colleagues and I have been calling for these changes for some time now, especially since active cases have been so low across the state.
 
We believed that these changes were important given the concerns that have been raised with us about the warmer weather and conditions for those who work predominantly outside.
 
NEW SOUTH WALES BORDER
From today, New South Wales has again reopened to Victorians.
 
We now no longer need a specific reason or permit for travelling into NSW.
 
This has been a long time coming for many people including families and businesses who have been burdened by closure of the border.
 
ONE ACTIVE CASE IN VICTORIA AND UPDATE ON BENALLA WASTEWATER COVID DETECTION
Only one active case remains in Victoria and it is not located in the Euroa electorate.
 
Many of you may have seen that traces of COVID-19 were found in Benalla's wastewater last week. If you live in Benalla or visited Benalla between 15 to 17 November and have symptoms you must get tested.
 
Testing is available at Benalla District Health 9.30am to 6.30pm weekdays and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the weekend by appointment only. Please phone the Fever Clinic on 5761 4284 to make an appointment.
 
As always, if you have any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste), no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately, no matter where you live. Testing locations for other towns in the electorate can be found here.
 
Kind regards,
Steph

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