Essential freight workers will be able to traverse the New South Wales and Victoria border without self-isolating under a new permit created by the NSW Government.
The decision follows the Victorian Government's decision to regress to stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions this week after a recent spike in cases which has seen the border between the two states shut for the first time in 100 years.
Drivers were initially asked to self-isolate for 14 days, an impractical directive not in line with the official health order.
After a review of its border controls the NSW Government will allow truck drivers who operate across the border to forego self-isolation providing their employer has an approved COVID-19 safety plan.
The new permit was made available 9 July through Service NSW.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government had moved quickly to implement the border closure following the concerning community spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
“There are around 55 border crossings between NSW and Victoria so closing the border is a mammoth task – but it is the right step to take in order to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents,” he said.