If you're a Victorian with hankering for a trip to Sydney (what? It could happen), we've got some good news. The NSW government has announced that it's finally opening its borders to VIC on November 23. At long last!
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the call this morning on the basis of advice from NSW Health, claiming that Victoria's "severe" lockdown may have eliminated the virus throughout the state. "Come a minute past midnight on November 23, there will be free movement between NSW and Victoria," Gladys said.
The news comes as things are looking a lot brighter for Melburnians; after a 110 gruelling days of lockdown, VIC Premier Dan Andrews significantly relaxed restrictions last week. As it stands, Victoria has recorded zero cases of COVID-19 for five straight days.
Dan also welcomed the news in a presser this morning (that took place at a zoo, for some reason). "The Premier of NSW wouldn't be opening her border if she didn't have confidence Victorians could maintain the low numbers," he said. However, he encouraged Victorians to stick around for the festive season. "Don't go to Sydney for Christmas," he urged. We have lots of places here you can visit," he said.
Calm down, Dan. We probably won't.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank.