Canberra returns to tighter patient restrictions

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HEALTH facilities, including hospitals, across the ACT will return to tighter visitor restrictions of one visitor per patient, per day, next week.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith made the announcement this afternoon (July 10) after a fifth person was confirmed to have COVID-19 in the ACT. 

“This is to ensure we continue to keep our most vulnerable Canberrans safe from COVID-19, that’s our patients. But also to ensure that we’re protecting our staff, our healthcare workers, who deliver such an essential service,” she said. 

“The decision to restrict visitors to our health care services is always a difficult one but it ensures we’re able to protect the health and safety of patients, staff and their loved ones. We know this has already been a difficult time for patients and families and carers.”

Like before, Ms Stephen-Smith said there will be capacity for exemptions for compassionate reasons.

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