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Planes diverted, roads watched – how Victoria will lock down hotspots

Flights heading to Melbourne will be diverted if they contain passengers in need of coronavirus quarantine, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said.

As states like South Australia and Queensland enforce border restrictions against Victoria, the southern state is taking its own measures.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews has announced harsh restrictions on hotspot suburbs. (9News)

But Mr Andrews said Melbourne could no longer accept the additional risk of housing potentially infected people who needed to undergo two weeks of quarantine.

He said he had spoken to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to divert such flights from the Victorian capital for the next two weeks.

“I will have conversations with other state leaders to explain that and to thank them in advance of the extra load that they will carry,” he said.

“That is for the abundance of caution.

“I would also make the point that just as we are having to focus exclusively on tracking and tracing these spikes in numbers and the enforcement of the stay-at-home stage three, in effect, restrictions we have imposed on those 10 postcodes, we need to have all of our focus on that.”

Suburbs on lockdown

In the postcodes on lockdown, police will be “actively enforcing” travel bans, Mr Andrews said.

Residents will only be allowed to leave their home for four reasons – food and supplies, medical and caregiving, exercise and work, and education if it can’t be done from home.

Returning travellers mull around a Qantas baggage claim.
Flights conveying passengers in need of quarantine will be diverted from Melbourne. (Nine)

“They will be patrolling throughout these communities and if people are out of their home then they will be politely asked why are you out of your home and if you are out of your home for anything other than a permitted reason then financial penalties apply – on-the-spot fines apply,” Mr Andrews said.

Police will also be monitoring the roads in and out of those suburbs, ensuring people aren’t leaving on non-essential travel.

While South Australia and Queensland are enforcing blanket bans on Victorian travel, New South Wales has banned any visits from people who have been through the hotspots.

And after midnight tomorrow night, people living in those hotspots will not be permitted to go on any holidays.

Source: 9News

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