Andrew Barr says Canberrans can definitely make Christmas plans on the south coast as ACT registers 25 more cases | The Canberra Times

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Canberrans can “definitely” make Christmas plans on the south coast and in Victoria, ACT chief executive Andrew Barr has declared as the territory enters its final lockdown week. A further 25 cases of coronavirus were registered in the ACT in the last reporting period, bringing the total number of active cases to 430. As NSW was due to reopen from Monday under new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet, Barr said it was “hard to say” what it full effect would be. He said nothing would change in the current arrangements between ACT and NSW until 15 October. “Beyond that, we’re hearing from NSW before ACT comes out of the lockdown and we’ll come up with further announcements,” Barr said. “It remains to be seen exactly what NSW’s political approach will be around localized lockdowns and the distinction between the Greater Sydney area or local government areas … and freedom and travel around regional NSW.” So there are a few more steps “More COVID-19 NEWS: Barr said that despite Victoria lagging a bit behind with vaccination, there was” every expectation “that the border would be open in December.” “People can definitely make Christmas and summer holiday plans for the south coast and for Victoria, based on their current vaccination rates,” he said. It is the period between October 15 and the first of December that things will be done in stages. “It will be a bit dependent on the decisions of NSW and Victorian governments.” The prime minister warned that there were still tens of thousands of other doses to be administered in the coming weeks. “We’re not going to do anything crazy with restrictions or limits until we’ve got that vintage through,” he said. “I do not care what NSW does, we will still be careful.” It comes after the ACT registered 40 cases on Thursday. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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