Brett Sutton has released his usual statement for the afternoon.
This one talks more about the state’s new “stoplight” permit system.
The CHO says 51,438 permits have been issued as of 1pm today.
The average time it takes to complete the process to issue a permit is less than five minutes.
In the first hour of the portal’s operation last night, around 12,000 permits were issued, which is a permit issued every 3.4 seconds.
There were three tough delays in getting the system up and running last night (more on that in previous posts).
Under the system, Australian areas are designated as green, orange or red, depending on your risk, and will be updated based on the latest health tips.
The definition of the current zones are:
Red zone: You will not be allowed into Victoria without an exception, exemption, or work or transit permit. If you try to enter Victoria over a land border without an exception, exemption or work or transit permit, you will be rejected. Victorian travelers arriving at an airport or seaport will be fined and must be quarantined. Travelers from one state to another will be fined and returned.
The Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong) and Greater Brisbane (Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Redlands, Ipswich and Logan local government areas) are currently red zones and will continue to be monitored daily and updated accordingly . Travel from a red zone is not allowed.
Orange zone: You will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been in a red zone. Once in Victoria, you must immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours, and continue to self-quarantine until you get a negative result.
The New South Wales region is now classified as an orange zone. For travelers who arrived from the New South Wales region and are currently quarantined at home, they are now allowed to come out of quarantine only if they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Green area: You will be able to apply for a permit and enter Victoria if you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been in an orange or red zone. Once in Victoria, you should watch for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if you are not feeling well.
If a person has already obtained a permit, they can continue to travel with that permit as long as the area from which they are traveling has not been reclassified.
However, if they leave Victoria again, they will need to obtain a permit to re-enter.
If a person has obtained an exemption to enter Victoria without a permit, they can remain in Victoria subject to that exemption and its conditions.
If a person has obtained an exemption to enter Victoria without a permit but has not yet traveled, they can rely on that exemption to travel and must meet all the conditions.
Those who have applied for an exemption and are waiting for a result do not need to do anything.
DHHS continues to process the waiver requests that have been submitted.