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Thousands of Victorians are looking to flee coronavirus-stricken state using a little known loophole

Thousands of Victorians are looking to flee their virus-ravaged state and are considering relocating to other parts of the country.

Residents trapped in Melbourne are permitted to move house, as long as it is within the curfew hours, Using a little known loophole,

More than 20,000 residents have looked at relocating since stage four lockdown was announced, according to data from online removalist platform Muval,

The majority of those searching were looking at permanently moving to Brisbane, followed by Perth and then Sydney.

: Two women wearing face masks and protective suits walk their luggage to a taxi rank at Sydney Airport after arriving from Melbourne on Wednesday

Despite the restrictions in Melbourne, removalist are still able to operate as they are considered an essential business, meaning residents are able to flee if they please.

Victorians wishing to move will have to prove they have a valid lease to get across the border and once there, they will have to endure two-weeks in hotel quarantine. 

Adam Coward, who runs the site, told 7news most of the calls from Victorians looking to move had either lost their jobs or have had a business close down.

Gold Coast buyers agent Tony Coughran said many Melburians were fed up with the lockdown restrictions. 

‘They’ve just had enough.’ 

 Melbourne was placed under a strict six-week lockdown last week, with residents only allowed to leave their homes between for work, care-giving, medical reasons or on compassionate grounds.

Massive queues are seen as thousands try to dash across the Queensland border hours before it shuts the door to everyone from NSW and ACT

Massive queues are seen as thousands try to dash across the Queensland border hours before it shuts the door to everyone from NSW and ACT

The border into Queensland was packed with cars and trucks on Friday as thousands try to dash into the state before it closes its borders again

The border into Queensland was packed with cars and trucks on Friday as thousands try to dash into the state before it closes its borders again

Harsh restrictions have left many residents considering their future in the city (pictured: Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint on the Queensland-New South Wales border in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast)

Harsh restrictions have left many residents considering their future in the city (pictured: Defence personnel are seen at a checkpoint on the Queensland-New South Wales border in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast)

A police enforceable curfew of 8pm until 5am was also brought-in until at least September 13 as part of the lockdown. 

The city’s 4.9million residents have also been banned from travelling more than 5km from home to do their shopping – and only one person from each household can leave at any time. 

From midnight on Thursday all arrivals from Victoria into NSW will be forced to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Travellers will only be allowed to return to the state through Sydney airport, unless they live within the NSW border regions. 

Passengers in the baggage hall at Sydney Airport after arriving from Melbourne on Wednesday

Passengers in the baggage hall at Sydney Airport after arriving from Melbourne on Wednesday

Several passengers walk through Sydney's Domestic Airport Terminal after being granted permission to fly in from Melbourne despite tough border control measures due to rising coronavirus cases in Victoria

Several passengers walk through Sydney’s Domestic Airport Terminal after being granted permission to fly in from Melbourne despite tough border control measures due to rising coronavirus cases in Victoria

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new line of defence would reduce the risk of spreading the virus throughout the state. 

The move comes as an alarming number of travellers from Melbourne continue to flock to Sydney. 

Between 100 and 200 people have arrived in the Harbour City from Australia’s coronavirus capital every day over the past week.

Anyone who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days is banned from entering New South Wales without a border permit under the Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Amendment. 

Ms Berejiklian said border permits will also be restricted further. 

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, only workers in certain industries will be allowed to send their children to daycare and must apply for an Access to Childcare Permit to do so. Pictured: Police patrol parks in Melbourne

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, only workers in certain industries will be allowed to send their children to daycare and must apply for an Access to Childcare Permit to do so. Pictured: Police patrol parks in Melbourne

Pictured: Victorians lining up at supermarkets to buy meat and fish as shortages are expected

Pictured: Victorians lining up at supermarkets to buy meat and fish as shortages are expected

‘We are reviewing and look to tightening some of those definitions to make sure only those with absolutely necessary requirements [are allowed to enter],’ she said.

But there will be some exemptions, she said. 

‘The death of an immediate family member would be an example of a situation where we would allow obviously people to continue coming in to NSW.’ 

Passengers arriving domestically were previously only required to spend 14 days in self-isolation at their own home, rather than locked inside a hotel. 

Dr Kerry Chant said the change would reduce the number of people entering NSW from Victoria and reduce the risk of community transmission. 

What is closed in Melbourne Stage 4

Furniture wholesalers

Personal care including hairdressers

Car washes

Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs

Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc 

Architectural, engineering and technical services

Travel and tour agencies 

Non-emergency call centre operations

Non-urgent elective surgery

Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts

Gambling

Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks 

Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances

All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home

OPERATING BUT LIMITED

Building sites of more than three storeys – 25 per cent of workforce

Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only

Meat processing – workers cut by a third

Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only

Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers

Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely 

FULL LIST  

What is open in Melbourne Stage 4

Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks

Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders 

Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade

Specialist stationery for business use 

Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics

Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies

Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices 

Farms and commercial fishing

Vets, pounds and animal shelters

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects

Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety

Cafes and restaurants for takeaway

Media 

Critical service call centres

Medicare

Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters

Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities

Emergency services

Essential maintenance and manufacturing

FULL LIST 



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