Australians on the move as states strip away borders and restrictions

Australians on the move as states strip away borders and restrictions

Thousands of Australians are on the move as states strip away coronavirus-induced border closures and social restrictions.

Cars lined up overnight as NSW reopened its border with Victoria after 137 days.

Dozens of flights between Sydney and Melbourne, which was the second busiest air route in the world, resumed on Monday.

It comes as Victoria has recorded another day without a new coronavirus case or death, as masks are scrapped outdoors and the NSW border reopens to the state ending months of exile.

The clean slate means the state has extended its streak to 24 straight days without new infections.

There is just one active COVID-19 case in Victoria, and 7261 people were tested on Sunday.

Victorians will no longer have to wear masks outdoors as rules are relaxed and people will be allowed to host 15 people in their homes.

Outdoor gatherings at parks and beaches will increase to 50 people and weddings will increase to 150 people.

Camera IconThousands of Australians are on the move as states strip away coronavirus-induced border closures and social restrictions. Credit: AAP

Small hospitality businesses will be allowed up to 50 customers – one person for every two square metres – and larger venues will be able to host up to 300 people.

South Australians are also enjoying eased restrictions earlier than planned.

Even so, the state’s health officer says she has no regrets about ordering a lockdown after a worker who contracted the virus lied to contact tracers.…

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