Travel restrictions between ACT and Sydney’s Northern Beaches to ease

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From ACT Health:

The Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA) will today be removed from the list of COVID-19 affected LGAs in Sydney. However a Public Health Direction still remains in place for 10 LGAs in Western and South-western Sydney.

The 10 COVID-19 affected LGAs are as follows:

  • Blacktown City
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay City
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield City
  • Inner West
  • Liverpool City
  • Paramatta City
  • Strathfield Municipality

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said that the removal of the Northern Beaches LGA from the Public Health Direction reflected the improved situation in that area of Sydney.

“From 3pm today, the ACT Public Health Direction will be amended to remove the Northern Beaches from the list of COVID-19 affected LGAs in Sydney,” Dr Coleman said.

“People currently in quarantine in the ACT from the Northern Beaches will no longer be required to quarantine. They will be informed of this change through SMS and email from ACT Health from 3pm today.

“ACT residents and non-residents who have been in the remaining 10 COVID-19 affected LGAs of Western and South-western Sydney in the past 14 days, will still need to complete their quarantine period. These individuals currently in quarantine, and who need to remain in quarantine, will also receive an SMS from ACT Health.

“These remaining LGAs of Sydney still pose a high enough risk to the ACT to retain the existing travel and quarantine requirements for anyone coming from these areas.

“We continue to urge Canberrans not to travel to these COVID-19 affected areas at this time.”

The travel restrictions that are still in place for these 10 specific COVID-19 affected LGAs are:

  • ACT residents – can return to the ACT, but need to notify ACT Health of their intention to return via our online declaration form and enter quarantine for 14 days.
  • Non-ACT residents – are legally not permitted to enter the ACT without a valid exemption. If people who have been in these areas in the last 14 days need to travel to the ACT for extraordinary circumstances, they need to apply for an exemption at least three days prior to their travel. We urge people from these areas to not travel to the ACT at this time.

ACT Health will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our NSW counterparts. At this time, these restrictions will remain in place for another week and we will update the community on Friday 22 January, to make clear what the restrictions will be over the long weekend.

For more information, visit:  https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel

 

 

Update on COVID-19 vaccine

The ACT Government has provided an update today on the discussions that have been underway with the Commonwealth Government on the COVID-19 vaccine implementation program.

As has been announced by the Commonwealth, the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will commence in February. The ACT Government is continuing to work with the Commonwealth and other state and territory governments on this rollout.

A vaccine will be an important tool to combat COVID-19 and the ACT Government will take a very deliberate and measured approach to the vaccine rollout.

As advised by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, the program will initially be focussed on people who have an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 related disease and those at risk of exposure, being infected with and transmitting the virus.

The vaccine rollout is a major logistical and operational exercise and we are working hard to ensure we are ready to rollout the vaccination here in the ACT, as part of the national rollout.

We are committed to communicating openly and in a timely way about the vaccine rollout, so Canberrans will know when they can get the vaccine, how to get it and what to do when the time comes. This is the approach we have always taken to keeping the community informed throughout the pandemic.

A new dedicated webpage on the COVID-19 website has been developed. This will continue to be updated as further information becomes available. Visit: www.covid19.act.gov.au/vaccine

 

General information

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We ask Canberrans to:

  1. Physically distancing from other groups whenever possible
  2. Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  3. Use the Check In CBR app to check in when out and about
  4. Stay home if you are unwell
  5. Get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

*Please note, the number of ‘Test results (past 24 hours)’ may not reflect the difference between the total number of negative tests today and the total from that of the previous day. This is due to a small proportion of negative test results being recorded after the reporting cut-off time and subsequently being captured. This does not affect positive test result numbers.