‘If you break our rules, we can lock you up’
Aussies who have even just passed through Melbourne‘s virus hot spots have been threatened with jail time if they travel to the Northern Territory.
After the NT opens its borders on July 17, people travelling there will need to sign a declaration that they have not been through a hot spot in the previous 28 days.
Anyone found to have lied on a statutory declaration could face a jail term of up to three years.
“If you do leave your home and come here, we will lock you down, and if you break our rules, we can lock you up. So don’t come here,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
The Northern Territory will push ahead with plans to lift border restrictions from July 17 but quarantine measures will remain in place for anyone travelling from designated coronavirus hot spots.
“If you are from interstate and you live in a hot spot area, your own government is telling you the area is not safe and you should be in lockdown,” Mr Gunner said on Friday.
“If you are meant to be in lockdown, then you shouldn’t be leaving your home, you shouldn’t be coming here.”
For Victorians hoping to venture into NSW, the message is similar: don’t visit.
“Normally we welcome our Victorian cousins into NSW, but right now I am asking Victorians, particularly those from the hot spots in Melbourne, to not come,” the NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard, said on Thursday.
People from NSW have also been urged not to travel to Victorian hot spots which include Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.
The crackdown comes after Victoria recorded its biggest single day coronavirus spike in months yesterday, but Premier Daniel Andrews says numbers will continue to increase in the coming days as authorities test “entire suburbs”.
“Our message is clear – if you’re sick, don’t travel, stay home, and if you have even the mildest symptoms, get tested,” a Victorian government spokesman said.
Yesterday, Victoria recorded 33 new cases, the biggest rise in cases since April 7.
– With wires