8 July 2020

Tania Maxwell MP has issued a plea to the Victorian and New South Wales governments to reopen the borders between the two States once Stage 3 lockdowns come into effect in metropolitan Melbourne.

Ms Maxwell said that once the metropolitan restrictions were in place, there was no logical reason to restrict the day-to-day access for locals to cross the borders, sometimes multiple times in a day, for work and services.

New South Wales initiated the hard border closures and checkpoints in response to a wave of infections in metropolitan Melbourne and before the Victorian Premier announced a return to restrictions.

Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced a return to Stage 3 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire as of midnight on 8 July, including checkpoints along the Hume Highway and other roads to enforce the lockdown.

Ms Maxwell said that a continued closure of borders would only further punish regions with low (or no) cases and was not proportional to the risk of a spread of infections.

Comments attributable to Tania Maxwell MP:

 “The border closures were intended to stop the spread of the Melbourne outbreak and restricting the essential movement of people in our regions where there are still low (or no) cases only creates disruption and distress.”

“With the hard lockdowns coming into effect in Melbourne, the need for border restrictions between NSW and Victoria is defunct and the border should be reopened.”