'Critical' workers to get more freedom with new border crossing permits

POLICE CHECKS: The border crossing at Hume Dam on Thursday. Picture: TARA TREWHELLA
POLICE CHECKS: The border crossing at Hume Dam on Thursday. Picture: TARA TREWHELLA

Victorians categorised as "critical workers" will be able to cross into Albury without needing to self-isolate from Thursday night if they apply for another new type of permit from Service NSW available from 5pm.

The original permits issued from Tuesday required critical workers to isolate for 14 days from the date they entered NSW whenever they were not on duty, which was difficult for workers travelling back and forth across the border outside of the 50-kilometre "border bubble".

Critical workers include those in the fields of freight, medical care, law enforcement, agriculture or manufacturing.

If their employers have approved COVID-19 safety plans, that isolation will no longer be needed.

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Benambra MP Bill Tilley and Albury MP Justin Clancy have praised the police and government organisations involved in getting people across the border.

Mr Clancy said Service NSW had done "exceptional work" to create the permit system and acknowledged the "sacrifice" those on the Border have made to keep wider NSW safe.

"I'm under no illusion about the impact on our community," he said.

Mr Tilley said there was "a significant amount of frustration" with delays on Wednesday, but said police did a great job to reduce that to 10 minutes yesterday.

He asked Border people to keep being disciplined and maintain their social distancing, while still making a living, because the alternative was a lockdown like in Melbourne.

"Let's work through this and hope those necessary bans and border checks are lifted as soon as possible," he said.

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