Mr Perrottet was asked about the status of the NSW and Victoria border as hospitality venues, hairdressers, cinemas and gyms across his state reopened to the fully vaccinated on Monday.
The easing of restrictions came after NSW reached its target of 70 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage last week and as daily coronavirus cases dropped below 1,000 to about the 500 mark.
Mr Perrottet, who has been in the state’s top job for just under a week, said he spoke to his Victorian counterpart, Daniel Andrews over the weekend about the border issue.
Premier Dominic Perrottet says he and Daniel Andrews want to work closely to reopen the interstate border as soon as possible. Travellers are seen at Sydney’s Domestic Airport in May. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper
“We want to work very closely together on it,” he said.
“They’re a few weeks behind us. Their case numbers are still higher.
“Our roadmaps are similar, whilst theirs is slightly more conservative than ours. I don’t think they’ll be too far behind.”
Victoria recorded 1,612 local cases on Monday, down from a new national record of 1,965 infections on Saturday.
The state is sitting at 86 per cent of its eligible population aged 16 and over with one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and close to 60 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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Metropolitan Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria subject to stay-at-home orders will emerge from lockdown at 70 per cent double-dose which is projected to occur around October 26.
By comparison, 90.3 per cent of the eligible population across NSW have received at least one dose of a vaccine while 73.5 per cent are now fully vaccinated.
“I want that Victorian and New South Wales border open as quickly as possible. So does the Victorian Premier,” Mr Perrottet continued.
“But their main focus at the moment, they’re dealing with what we were dealing with just a few weeks ago. I wish them well.
“I know it’s a challenging time and hopefully to everyone in Victoria today, that New South Wales gives them some hope this is what lies ahead.”
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Mr Perrottet added Victorians have been in lockdown a “hell of a lot longer” than NSW over the last 18 months, with Melbourne being the most locked down city in the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
“But, to them, today, I think, this (NSW reopening) should not be seen as something that’s negative,” he said.
“They should see this as a beacon of hope of where they’ll be shortly.
“And once we get to that point, you will see the Victorian and New South Wales border open. Our discussions have started. But right now we want to make sure that both states get through this period.”

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