South Australia set to ease coronavirus ‘buffer zone’ with Victorian border communities

South Australia is set to ease its coronavirus ‘buffer zone’ with Victoria so people can cross the border without quarantining

  • South Australia extends border bubble to more Victorian border communities
  • Allows more residents to cross the state border without needing to quarantine
  • Extended buffer zone excludes anyone from or stopped in border town Mildura 

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

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South Australia will extend its buffer zone with Victoria by easing restrictions on border communities.

The zone will increase from 40km to 70km on each side of the border to allow more residents to cross the border and make return from trips into Victoria without needing to quarantine.

South Australia will also allow people travelling from states other than Victoria who transition through Mildura to enter the state without being forced into isolation.

The changes were approved by the state’s transition committee on Tuesday and will come into effect from midnight Wednesday.

South Australia plans to reopen to more Victorian border communities. Pictured is the state border five kilometres east of Pinnaroo in SA

The extended border bubble excludes Mildura residents and travellers from elsewhere in Victoria.

Travellers will be checked at the border to ensure they’re not from Victoria or Mildura locals and haven’t stopped in the regional town. 

‘This is going to provide huge relief to people who come into South Australia on a very regular basis,’ SA Premier Steven Marshall said.

He confirmed the state government is looking to further relax border restrictions.

‘We are constantly looking at these arrangements,’ Mr Marshall added.

South Australia will extended its border bubble from 40km to 70km on each side of the Victorian border. Pictured are South Australian police stopping vehicles near the state border 5kms east of Pinnaroo

South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens welcomed the extended buffer zone with border communities.  

This will give some of the smaller communities in regional Victoria the opportunity to access services in South Australia that they would normally have the advantage of utilising,’ Mr Stevens said.

‘It also means that South Australians who have ties or obligations within the Victorian border the ability to go in and undertake their business or whatever other activities they need to do. 

The extended border bubble is in response to lobbying from border communities.

Residents from the Victorian border town of Mildura (pictured) have been excluded from South Australia’s extended border bubble, which comes into effect midnight Wednesday

South Australia currently has only one active case of coronavirus. 

Victoria recorded 15 new cases and one death on Tuesday, its highest number of daily new cases in a week.

The 14 day rolling average of new cases for Melbourne is now down to 10.6, while regional Victoria’s average grew from 0.1 last week to 0.3.

The eased restrictions come a fortnight after New South Wales residents were given the green light to enter South Australia.

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