The ACT would require all individuals coming into Canberra from Larger Sydney and its surrounds to self-declare and quarantine from midnight tonight.
- The quarantine preparations come into pressure from midnight tonight
- The affected areas are Larger Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Nepean Blue Mountains
- Authorities have warned the restrictions might stretch into the brand new yr
Residents of the affected areas have been informed to not journey to the capital and Canberrans coming back from them will likely be required to quarantine at house for 14 days from their time of entry.
The transfer to shut the ACT to individuals from Larger Sydney and surrounding native authorities areas follows similar decisions by states and territories across the country.
Well being Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith stated the restrictions would apply to individuals from Larger Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Nepean Blue Mountains.
“In case you are an ACT resident returning, you can be required to undertake 14 days’ quarantine if you happen to return after 11:59pm tonight,” she stated.
“In case you are not an ACT resident, please don’t come to the ACT.
“This will likely be managed by a declaration course of fairly than a allow course of.”
ACT Chief Well being Officer Kerryn Coleman stated transmission of COVID-19 in Sydney exterior of the Northern Seashores was of concern to authorities in Canberra.
“What we are attempting to attain right here is to stop seeding of the virus any additional,” she stated.
“Because of this, the ACT will likely be successfully closed to individuals from Larger Sydney and these surrounding areas.
“Whereas we won’t have these restrictions any longer than we have to, we’d like the neighborhood to be ready that that is more likely to proceed over Christmas and probably into the brand new yr.”
The ACT has additionally recorded one case of COVID-19 in lodge quarantine — its first in almost a month.
Authorities requires travellers to self-declare
Anyone travelling to Canberra from one of many affected areas should fill out a type declaring they’re coming into the ACT.
They may then be required to privately quarantine, not leaving their house for any cause for 14 days.
“To implement this, all travellers from Larger Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Nepean Blue Mountains will likely be required to inform us prematurely by finishing a web based declaration type,” Dr Coleman stated.
“We hope to have this kind up later this night and will probably be accessible and working by midnight tonight.”
Dr Coleman stated whereas the restrictions would come into pressure from midnight, some common sense leniency can be proven.
She urged individuals to be affected person and protected in the event that they determined to come back house tonight in mild of the restrictions.
“Clearly in case you are on the street and make it a while in a single day that is OK,” she stated.
The border regime would require individuals to self-declare their entry into the ACT, however Ms Stephen-Smith warned there can be penalties for anyone who didn’t comply.
“There will likely be penalties and fines which can be relevant,” she stated.