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Victorian - NSW COVID Border Closure

Welcome. We share challenging times and we hope the information contained here meets your needs. This page is being updated regularly and was last updated at 27 October 2020 - 8.30am. Please share the information here with friends and family and help people who aren't online stay up-to-date.

There have been a total of 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 attributed to the Southern NSW Local Health District since the start of the pandemic in March. Nine cases have been recorded in the Bega Valley in 2020, all are described as recovered.

NSW Health is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, tiredness, loss of taste/smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

People can unwittingly pass it to others if they are incubating the infection or have very mild symptoms, so we all need to be very careful and practise hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5m away from other people.

Take care, be safe, be kind.

If you need advice or have questions, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

NSW Health’s daily COVID-19 update is HERE.

 

Easing of restrictions for border region residents

As at 17 September border region residents can travel within the border region for any reason with a current permit.   

Victorian border region residents no longer need to comply with any Victorian Stay at Home Directions while in NSW.

If you have a border region resident permit that was current at 12.01am Thursday, 17 September it will:

  • be considered a new border region resident permit, with the new conditions
  • continue to be valid until the permit’s date of expiry.

Working across the border - rules and regulations.

NSW agricultural workers’ code

The NSW Government will become the first jurisdiction to write the new Agricultural Workers Code into public health orders, paving the way for the NSW primary industries sector to find skilled workers for the upcoming harvest. Agricultural workers travelling between NSW and Victoria will need a permit and relevant identification and will be required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.

Working across the border - rules and regulations.

Updated information on gathering and movement

As at Friday 16 October, changes have been made to outdoor music rehearsals and performances, hospitality venues, corporate events, weddings, funerals and religious services.

Also, travellers arriving from New Zealand do not need to enter mandatory quarantine when they fly from New Zealand into NSW, if they have not been in a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

As at Friday 23 October:

  • 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces
  • 30 customers per booking, and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues.

From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the 4-square metre rule indoors and 2-square metre rule outdoors..

COVID-19 Testing Centres

Southern NSW Local Health District has established COVID-19 Testing Centres in the Bega Valley Shire, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly.

The drive-through clinic at South East Regional Hospital Bega (4 Virginia Drive) is open from 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is located before the main drop off area of the hospital. Follow the signs at the main entrance.

Pambula Hospital (Merimbola Street) is open from 9.30am to 4pm daily, by appointment only. Please call 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending.

Eden Community Health Centre (Twofold Arcade) is open from 9.30am to 1pm, by appointment only. Please call 1800 999 880 (option 1)  before attending.

Anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, is urged to self-isolate and seek testing.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.

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