The NSW Government closed the state’s border with Victoria yesterday, with strict penalties in place for anyone who breaches the new rules.

The temporary closure came into effect from 12.01am Wednesday, July 8, with both NSW Police and the Australian Defence Force deployed to enforce the measure.

Police from across NSW will be called on to support enforcement of the border, with secondment of personnel from Narrabri district possible as the border regime requirements are fine tuned.

“There are around 55 border crossings between NSW and Victoria so closing the border is a mammoth task – but it is the right step to take in order to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

To enter NSW, people must apply for a permit on the Service NSW website and if any inaccurate information is provided in the application process, a new on-the-spot fine of $4,000 will apply.

Those permitted to enter will also need to comply with any conditions of an entry permit such as the requirement to self-isolate.

People transiting through NSW must take the most direct route out of the state.

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