To celebrate the opening of the NSW border to Victoria, shirtless men and drag queens are greeting Melbourne arrivals at Sydney airport with welcome signs and donuts.
Today, the New South Wales border officially reopened to Victoria after COVID-19 forced it closed for 137 days.
To welcome back arrivals from Victoria, drag queens and a group of young Bondi lifeguards were waiting at Sydney airport this morning with greeting signs.
“Great to see you again Victoria,” read one sign. While another said, “We’ve missed you Melbourne, love Sydney”.
The shirtless men, dressed as lifeguards, were also handing out free donuts to travellers, symbolic of Vitoria’s 24th donut day. In other words, their 24th day of no new coronavirus cases or deaths.
According to a bystander, the drag queens even took over check-in desks and were playing the theme song to Welcome Back Kotter.
The state tourism board, Destination NSW, were behind the celebrations.
New South Wales is now the only state or territory welcoming travellers from every state in Australia, as well as New Zealanders. This comes after no local cases were recorded in NSW for the past 15 days.
“We are a border-free community in New South Wales,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“I know that the residents of New South Wales will continue to be COVID safe.
“That’s what sets us apart from the rest of the country – our QR codes and our social distancing.”