Premier Gladys Berejiklian won’t shut the border – but travellers who enter Sydney from Victoria will be asked on arrival whether they have visited any of Melbourne’s COVID-19 exposure sites.
Watch the video above for an update on the Victorian COVID situation
A declaration form is available on the Service NSW website and is required to be completed prior to, or upon, entry.
Anyone who has been to one of the exposure sites is required to follow the Victorian Department of Health’s advice, which changes depending on the likelihood of passing on the infection.
NSW Health is also requiring those who have visited the City of Whittlesea, where the four Melbourne cases reside, to avoid visiting aged care facilities or hospitals – unless they require medical attention.
New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said she had been in contact with her Victorian counterparts.
“I think it provides a warning to the community,” she said.
“You can see how COVID can be transmitted in the community because it can be a mild disease and, therefore, go undetected.”
All five new cases are from one family across two households.
Cases one and two presented for testing together on Sunday.
Their close contacts were tested throughout Monday after their infections were confirmed, with a woman and a child subsequently testing positive.
As a result, attendees at ten venues were placed on high alert, with a varying degree of advice based on what “tier” they fall under.
Jump! Swim Schools Bundoora, between 8:55am – 10:15am on May 21, Tier 1.
Nando’s Epping (Dalton Rd), between 8:30pm – 9:20pm on May 19, Tier 1.
Woolworths Epping North, between 4:45pm – 5:45pm on May 22, Tier 1.
Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong, 5:00pm – 8:00pm on May 20, Tier 1.
Futsal Brunswick, between 9:00am – 10:00am on May 23, Tier 2.
Epping North Shopping Centre, between 4:45pm – 5:50pm on May 22, Tier 2.
House and Party (store), Epping, between 5:15pm – 5:50pm on May 22, Tier 2.
Urban Diner Food Court, Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, 1:15pm – 2:30pm on May 23, Tier 2.
Shell Coles Express Reservoir, 3:15pm – 4:15pm on May 18, Tier 2.
B.T. Connor Reserve, 8:00pm – 11:30pm on May 21, Tier 2.
Tier 1 exposure sites
Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
Tier 2 exposure sites
Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Tier 3 exposure sites
Anyone who has visited a Tier 3 exposure site during times listed should monitor for symptoms – If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
Waiting for genomic sequencing
It’s hoped that genomic sequencing will shed more light on where the first of the five cases acquired the virus.
Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said there was no immediate indication they were linked to exposure sites visited by a Victorian man who contracted coronavirus in SA hotel quarantine.
“We do not rule out the prospect that there is a link,” he said.
“The dates do not line up immediately so we cannot rule out if there is a missing link out there.”
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the first case in the family cluster had a high viral load and was “likely to be quite infectious”.