Although Victoria’s border remains open to South Australia, Premier Daniel Andrews is urging its residents to steer clear.
SA is in its first hours of a six-day lockdown – even harsher than the one Victoria endured for months – to strike hard and early against an outbreak in Adelaide.
Despite permissible reasons for leaving home being extremely limited, Mr Andrews has asked SA to cancel all non-essential interstate travel.
“Unless you have got an urgent reason, a really pressing reason to visit Victoria, now is not the time to come to Victoria,” he said.
On the road, Victoria is setting up rapid coronavirus testing for truck drivers crossing the SA border at the town of Nhill.
Air travellers arriving in Melbourne or Mildura by plane from metropolitan Adelaide must undergo a coronavirus test, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Any truck driver who refuses to take a coronavirus test at the SA border will be sent back, while plane arrivals who refuse to be tested will be subject to a public health order requiring them to quarantine for 14 days.
Victoria has offered assistance to South Australia’s government, including lab capacity for coronavirus testing, Mr Andrews said.
Meanwhile, the premier has flagged changes to Victoria’s mask rules as early as Sunday following weeks of heated public debate.
“No one enjoys wearing a mask and no one enjoys them as the weather gets warmer,” he said.
Victoria on Wednesday reached 19 days without any deaths or new cases.
There are three active cases in the state, with 17,354 people tested in the previous 24 hours.
The state’s virus death toll stands at 819, with the national figure 907.