"We are not a COVID red zone," says Mayor

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone. Picture: Simon Bennett.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone. Picture: Simon Bennett.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone has criticised the Victorian Government for listing Fairfield City as a COVID-19 'red zone', denying entry to Victoria to residents.

Twenty-five Greater Sydney local government areas will move from "red" to "orange" at 6pm under Victoria's traffic light travel permit system.

The traffic light system allows people to travel to Victoria provided they have a coronavirus test within 72 hours of arrival and self-isolate until they receive their result.

"Anyone who has been in the LGAs of Blacktown City, Burwood, Canada Bay City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield City, Inner West, Liverpool City, Parramatta City and Strathfield Municipality in the last 14 days (other than for transit), is still not permitted to travel to Victoria without an exemption, exception or essential worker permit," Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said in a statement.

Mayor Carbone was dismayed by the announcement.

"We have not had a single case of COVID-19 in Fairfield City in almost three months. How can Fairfield be listed in the 'red zone', yet people from areas with large numbers of cases are allowed to travel to Victoria?" Cr Carbone said.

"This doesn't send the right message to our community, who have worked so hard to do the right thing and keep COVID-19 out of our City.

"It's not just unfair; it's unfounded and treats Fairfield citizens like second-class citizens.

"It's not just about people wanting to go on holidays or to visit family. It's about keeping our businesses thriving. We have one of the largest industrial areas in Australia, with businesses required to travel. Shutting them out of Victoria for no justifiable reason is ludicrous.

"We haven't had any cases, yet we can't go to Victoria. Yet other areas have had mystery cases just in the past couple of weeks and they are free to travel there.

"I call on the NSW Premier and the Health Minister to speak up and make representations for the people of Fairfield City and those other areas that have no justification for being labelled a 'red zone' when they haven't had cases in months.

"If other areas of Sydney or NSW were being denied entry to Victoria, I would expect our leaders to speak up and defend them. This should be no different."

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