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Canberra’s still weeks out from opening up to Victoria

ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman. Photo: Holly Treadaway

ANYONE planning to enter the ACT from Victoria will face continued travel restrictions for two weeks after restrictions ease for Victorians on Sunday (November 8), says ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman. 

In line with NSW, Dr Coleman says the ACT will wait two weeks before making changes to border restrictions because it’ll allow enough time for ACT Health to assess the immediate impact of the easing of restrictions in Victoria.

It also ensures the territory keeps consistent with the NSW approach, she says.

“Anyone coming to Canberra must apply for exemption through our COVID-19 website. If a person is granted approval to travel to the ACT, their exemption documentation will specify the quarantine requirements,” she says.

“People who reside in, or have spent time in, a restricted area or in a COVID-19 area of concern within Victoria will be required to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine period while people outside those areas may not be required to quarantine.

“For any Canberrans expecting family or friends from Victoria, please to remind them of the need to seek exemption.”

Dr Coleman says this is also an important reminder that anyone coming into the ACT must fly from Melbourne as the border is still closed to driving, unless NSW has granted a permit to drive through.

The ACT continues to have no active COVID-19 cases and has recorded 108,568 negative test results. 

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