King Valley tourism businesses remain on the border bubble outer despite the latest changes to NSW Public Health Orders providing a breakthrough for Murray River tourism operators.
Natalie Pizzini from Pizzini Wines at Whitfield had hoped the latest revisit to the orders would have included them being brought into the border region along with Greta, Porepunkah, Tawonga South and Eurobin.
Ms Pizzini said Albury was a major customer base for King Valley businesses with Melbourne still in lockdown, but they remain off-limits.
"Whether it is accommodation, winery, cellar door, cooking school, cafe, hotel, caravan park, we are all dependent on visitors from Melbourne metro and Albury border region," she said.
"It is what keeps us alive.
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"It would make more sense if the border bubble was extended a further 40 kilometres up the road and allowed visitors from the border region to come up into this part of the King Valley.
"Unfortunately it will be another two weeks before it is looked again and those two weeks are vital for businesses up this way who are hanging on by a shoestring."
The border bubble ends at Moyhu.
Meanwhile, the NSW government is now allowing regional Victorians from outside the border bubble who havenot been in Melbourne or a COVID-19 hotspot for the past 14 days to use the Murray River without a permit .
The other proviso is they don't enter an embankment, dock, port or wharf on the northern side of the Murray River.
"It's been pretty hard explaining to people from Bendigo and Ballarat you can't get on the lake," Yarrawonga-Mulwala and Tourism's Noel Wright said.
"We've just taken the approach in telling people they are welcome to come to Yarrawonga, but they can't go on the water because it is NSW.
"It's certainly a step in the right direction."