Hairdressers open again as restrictions ease in Victoria

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2020

Andrews earlier threatened to close his state's borders unless federal authorities stop travellers who use the bubble from boarding planes for Victoria.

But at a press conference today, Andrews said the latest list from Australia's federal government revealed 55 New Zealanders had travelled on to the city.

"You know how yesterday I said there were 17?"

"It would just be great if [the Federal Government] were to better assist us in managing these things with appropriate information being provided to the State Government about people who might be catching flights across state borders".

"We are having to find these people".

Unfortunately, certain restrictions will not be easing until 11.59pm on November 1, but in two weeks' time, the four reasons for leaving home will be gone, and a lot more will be back on the proverbial (and actual) table for Melbourne residents.

"We just have a little more to go to see off this second wave, to defeat this second wave".

According to the Andrews, Victoria had not wanted to be in a travel bubble with New Zealand.

It was initially reported that 17 people arrived in Sydney from New Zealand and flew on to Melbourne on Friday, the first day of the one-way trans-Tasman "travel bubble". Other Australian states are expected to sign up to the plan in the coming months.

The outbreak in Victoria came after other parts of Australia had successfully contained the epidemic and begun to reopen their economies, notably in neighbouring New South Wales, which includes Sydney.

WA Police later revised the number to 23, saying in a statement it "will continue to ensure that all incoming travellers are assessed and where approved entry to WA are directed to appropriate quarantine arrangements and conditions".

And Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed 25 people - including a child - from New Zealand are now in hotel quarantine, after flying into Perth overnight.

Andrews said there were now authorised officers based at Melbourne Airport as a result of the incident.

Mr Andrews said the New Zealanders would not be kicked out of Victoria or sent home, as the state had "no power" to be able to initiate deportation.

"We were asked if we want to be in the bubble and we said, 'No, '" Daniel Andrews told reporters today, while announcing the relaxation of some of the state's lockdown measures.

The Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has shrugged off the concerns.

"The risks are so low, given that the 14-day rolling average of coronavirus cases in New Zealand is precisely zero".

"Seriously, my advice to minister Tudge is, instead of stubbornly defending this, work with us and let's make sure Victoria is not part of a bubble we never agreed to be in", the premier said.

"Whatever happened there, I can't change it".

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