NSW Government announces partial coronavirus travel ban on Victorians

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Health Minister Brad Hazzard says people living in Melbourne's coronavirus hotspots that "slip into NSW" could be jailed for six months and fined $11,000 under tough new laws.
The NSW Government says it will ban people living in Melbourne's coronavirus hotspots from entering the state.

Key points: The new public health orders are expected to be signed today

The new public health orders are expected to be signed today NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned travellers to take them "very seriously"

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned travellers to take them "very seriously" The Victorian Government has locked down people in 10 Melbourne post codes

Health Minister Brad Hazzard today revealed anyone from an affected Victorian postcode found in NSW could be jailed for six months or fined $11,000.

The ABC understands he will sign a public health order implementing the changes later today.

The new rules will also apply to people in NSW who visit the affected Melbourne suburbs.

"It's not something we want to do but we must do for our own safety," Mr Hazzard said.

Mr Hazzard said the State Government was "not going to accept" Melbourne residents breaching Victoria's new lockdown and trying to "slip across" the border.

"As soon as you set foot in NSW, you'll be exposed to the possibility of six months jail and $11,000 fine," he said.

"So take it seriously, take it very, very seriously."

NSW residents returning from those hotspots will also be forced to quarantine for 14 days, the NSW Health Minister said.

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