Interstate travel could look very different for Victorians with the possibility of taking a COVID-19 test before departure not being ruled out.
Interstate travel could soon look very different for Victorians with the possibility of taking a COVID-19 test before departure not being ruled out.
Premier Daniel Andrews today said he agreed with Prime Minister Scott Morrison that states needed to try and open their borders by the end of the year.
The premier also shared his aspirations for Victoria to be operating on a "very different" set of rules come December.
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"I'd like to have much more movement within Victoria by the end of the year and if we can have more movement across the country, that would be a very good thing as well," he said.
"I understand why other states have done what they've done. I think it would be logical to assume that if the circumstances had been reversed, we would have done the same thing."
Mr Andrews said strategies such as undertaking COVID-19 tests prior to interstate travel could be used to mitigate risk.
"I think we had a bit of a discussion around this not long ago - you might be able to travel interstate, but you might have to take a COVID test first and you might have to wait the 24 hours," he said.
"Or we might have one of these rapid testing technologies fully proved up with enough stockpiles to be able to do a test and 30 minutes later you are free to fly.
"Again, that won't necessarily stop every single infection, but it gives you a high degree of certainty that a person is, in fact, safe to travel.
"There will be some details to work through there, but I'm confident people will want to see those borders open as fast as they can be safely opened."
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Mr Andrews said he has been working closely with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on the issue of borders.
An open border between NSW and regional Victoria was looking "very promising".
"She will be guided by the science and public health advice," Mr Andrews said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-how-interstate-travel-could-look-for-victorians-covid19-test/a258ba8b-8179-45d0-a66b-df4d59ff4b47