NSW eases border restrictions with Vic

By AAP Newswire

The easing of coronavirus restrictions in regional Victoria has prompted the NSW government to relax travel orders on its border with the southern state.

From Thursday, the zone where border residents can move freely will also be expanded to include some areas around Pleasant Hills, Lockhart, Benalla, Bright and Mount Beauty.

Anyone in the area with an existing border region permit will be able to take advantage of the changes.

"I want to thank the border communities for their patience," NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

"We are able to ease restrictions on the border given the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in regional Victoria."

Overnight, the Victorian government eased restriction in regional areas, allowing communities to leave their homes without restriction after infection rates fell to very low levels.

A hard lockdown remains in place in metropolitan Melbourne.