South Australia will not reopen its border to Victoria on July 20 as originally planned, Premier Steven Marshall announced today.

The revision was made this morning following ongoing outbreaks of coronavirus in hot spots in Melbourne.

“We are increasingly concerned about the outbreaks which are occurring in Victoria, so we are not in a position to remove our border,” Marshall said.

South Australia’s transition committee is, however, still considering reopening the borders to New South Wales and the ACT – independent of the July 20 date – and will provide an update later this week. The state has already opened its borders to Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Queensland.

On Monday, South Australia entered stage three of eased restrictions, replacing capacity limits with a new one-person-per-two-square-metre rule. As part of stage three, remaining travel restrictions on New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria were expected to lift subject to a public health risk assessment.

More to come.