NSW-VIC border reopens after 137-day COVID closure

NSW-VIC border reopens after 137-day COVID closure

The NSW-Victoria border has reopened, 137 days after it was slammed shut by Premier Gladys Berejiklian to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Key points: The border opened at 12.01am this morning after being closed for four-and-a-half months More than 14,000 police have manned checkpoints along the border since the July 8 closure One Wodonga motel booked out hours after it was announced the border would open

The border officially opened this morning at 12.01am, meaning people are now able to travel freely between both states without needing to quarantine.

There were celebrations at the checkpoint, with a DJ playing for the big countdown and police blaring their sirens as the clock struck midnight.

Melbourne resident Fiona Snape stayed in Wodonga last night so she could hit the road early this morning to pick up her 18-year-old daughter from University in Canberra.

Ms Snape booked the accommodation as soon as she heard the border was opening.

“I haven’t seen her since the beginning of July so that will be great to see her again and I’ll pick her up and take her back to Melbourne for the holidays,” she said.

“We’re all looking forward to a nice reunion.”

Fiona Snape stayed in Wodonga overnight so she could cross the border early this morning.(ABC News: Jackson Peck)

The EconoLodge Border Gateway Motel booked out within hours of the announcement the border would reopen.

“We’ve had close to 150 reservations since the announcement … for a 10-room motel in a little country town that’s quite phenomenal,” manager Duncan McLaren said.…

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