New South Wales local government areas that run along Victorian border will be downgraded from orange to green zones from 6pm tonight.
The status change means people travelling back from those NSW areas will not need to isolate or receive a negative test on returning to Victoria. They will still need a permit to travel from NSW to Victoria.
It was announced by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and chief health officer Brett Sutton during their daily briefing this morning.
Mr Andrews also announced that, from 6pm tonight, 25 of the 35 red zones in Sydney will be downgraded to orange.
Bankstown, Canada Bay, Burwood, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland, Inner West, Liverpool, Fairfield, Parramatta and Strathfield areas remain listed as red zones meaning people are still not eligible to return.
The Blue Mountains and Wollongong will be downgraded to orange from 6pm tonight.
"In regards to the situation on the Victorian-NSW border, it is clearly a good epidemiological situation," Mr Sutton said. "I hope the green zone designation means people will feel confident to go to those regions.
"In respect to the pre-existing red zone NSW, all but 10 local government areas go to orange with the remaining local government areas where exposure sites and remaining cases are and where the transmission is."
Mr Andrews confirmed the four new cases in hotel quarantine are connected to Australian Open players and their teams.
He said it was the 12th day with no new local transmission cases in Victoria.
"That is a great credit to our public health teams and every Victorian still taking this virus and challenge seriously," he said. "This it the way it has to be until we get through the process of getting everyone the vaccine.
"All in all it is a very good day when you look at 50 per cent office workers in the private sector, and 25 per cent in the public sector, going back today, reverting to the mask rules we had before Christmas, no local cases and everything working as it should."
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