Time for Portland to be reinstated in bubble and SA Border to re-open.

With Victorian double vaccination rates on track to hit 70 percent today and 80 percent within the week, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has written to South Australian Premier Steven Marshall urging him to ease border restrictions.

Ms Britnell said as a priority, Portland needed to be reinstated into the cross-border bubble after no further positive cases or exposure sites have been identified in the city.

“It’s worth noting the Glenelg Shire has a vaccination rate of above 95 percent single dose and above 70 per cent double dose,” Ms Britnell said.

“The impetus from removing Portland from the bubble was wastewater detections and the subsequent cases.

“It has been two weeks since those detections and over a week since the cases were identified, there has been no community transmission and the risk of further cases is minimal.

“As a start, Portland must be immediately reinstated into the border bubble.”

Ms Britnell said considering the Victorian community’s fantastic response to the vaccine uptake and in particular the response in the Glenelg community it was time for border restrictions to ease.

“For too long families have been separated and businesses on both sides of the border have been impacted because of the ongoing closures,” she said.

With Victoria now hitting its vaccine targets and the risk of transmission being significantly reduced, it’s time to open the border and let people get on with their lives.”

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