Victoria’s travel restrictions are set to ease further with the expected elimination of “red zones” in NSW.
Victoria has reached 22 days with no new local coronavirus cases, and 27 cases confined to hotel quarantine.
The state government is expected to reclassify a number of NSW regions on Friday, with most of NSW to be classified green – the lightest level of restrictions in Victoria’s coronavirus traffic light system.
It comes after the federal government suspended the “travel bubble” between New Zealand and Australia for a further 72 hours.
Anyone arriving in Victoria from New Zealand during the suspension will have to enter hotel quarantine for two weeks.
Meanwhile, Australian Open tennis players and support staff have begun leaving hotel quarantine in Melbourne.
Players started leaving the hotels on Thursday evening, with about 960 people expected to have finished quarantine by Sunday.
The mandatory quarantine system came under fire from some of the elite players, with the hotel’s confined spaces and lack of facilities a problem.
A total of eight people associated with the event have tested positive for COVID-19.
The tournament is scheduled to start on February 8.