No quarantine for Kiwis arriving in Vic

Premier Daniel Andrews says New Zealanders who arrive in Victoria won’t have to quarantine, despite the state not being a part of the trans-Tasman bubble arrangement. 

More than 50 Kiwis have travelled on to Melbourne after arriving in Sydney under the arrangement, which began on Friday.

Some have also travelled to Hobart and Perth, where they will be required to undergo 14 days in hotel quarantine.

Mr Andrews has maintained the federal government failed to alert Victoria the New Zealanders were entitled to travel to other parts of the country after flying into Sydney or Darwin.

He said whether Victorians liked it or not, the state was now a part of the bubble. 

“Let’s make the best of this and provide all the information that we can to people. That is the only option that we have got,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday. 

He said more New Zealanders would likely be on board 17 flights from Sydney arriving on Monday, but they would not be required to quarantine. 

“I’m not going to be quarantining people that came from a low-virus community and we just have to make the best of this,” Mr Andrews said.

“If people turn up today on any one of those 17 flights, we will provide them with advice and support and we will make sure that they comply with all the rules as they relate to Victorians.”

Victoria recorded four new coronavirus cases and one death on Monday, bringing the state’s toll from the virus to 817 and the national figure to 905.

The premier confirmed the latest victim was a male aged care resident in his 90s. 

The four new cases, meanwhile, are all under investigation. 

Three are located in the local government area of Hume, while one is in the Moonee Valley.

They bring Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average down to 7.2, a reduction of 0.3 from Sunday.

There are 15 cases for the fortnight up to Friday which have no known source.

It comes as Victorians woke to more freedom on Monday after COVID-19 restrictions were eased overnight.

Melburnians are now allowed to travel 25km from home and there will be no limit on time spent outdoors.

Outdoor gatherings have an increased limit from five people to 10 from two households, while facilities such as skate parks, golf courses and tennis courts will reopen.

Melburnians will also be able to get a haircut, see an allied health professional, renovate their home, wash their car and bid at an auction, though a number of strict safety protocols will be in place.

In regional Victoria, up to two people plus dependents are allowed to visit homes once a day, while hospitality venues can increase their capacity to 70 people outside and 40 people inside.

The regional city of Shepparton, which has been the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak, will not be able to host 40 people indoors for the time being. 

The “ring of steel” that separates metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria will remain in place.

Melbourne will take another step on November 2, with hospitality venues able to seat 50 people outside and 20 people inside, while retail and beauty and personal care services can resume.

But Mr Andrews indicated the next step could be brought forward, depending on Victorian case numbers in the next week.

He hit back at federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg who called for restrictions to be lifted quicker. 

“It’s all about the politics with this bloke, isn’t it? That’s all he does. He is not a leader, he is just a Liberal,” Mr Andrews said. 

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