Wed. Aug 10th, 2022


A quick trip across the border to visit a pub or restaurant will be out of the question for fully vaccinated Canberrans on Monday as NSW begins to reopen after months locked up. “The standing exemption remains unchanged and allows ACT residents to enter the border area only for significant reasons,” a spokesman for ACT Health said. They said ACT residents should not enter the approved NSW border postcodes for camping, attend gyms, hospitality resorts, pools and other non-essential activities. NSW has significantly eased restrictions on fully vaccinated people after the state last week hit the 70 percent vaccination threshold, allowing gyms, hospitality and retail to reopen their doors after months of being locked. On Friday, ACT leaves its own lockdown, allowing the return of gyms, hospitality, hairdressers and accommodations, which will still be subject to capacity constraints. “We hope the ACT comes out of the lockdown midnight on Thursday night later this week, so people will be able to travel more freely around NSW, but that will hopefully be confirmed by the middle of the week,” said James McTavish, NSW Cross Border Commissioner. People who live in NSW -approved postcodes but work in Canberra are also missing out on the fun this week. “People from New South Wales who join the ACT for any purpose until the ACT comes out of the lockdown will have to follow directions to stay home when they return home,” McTavish said. “So, for example, if you live in Queanbeyan, you work in Civic, when you go back to Queanbeyan tonight, follow the directions to stay home.” Border patrols will remain in place along the ACT border, police said. “ACT Policing conducts and will continue to conduct a series of border checks and ‘anywhere, anytime’ checks on non-ACT travelers to verify that their movements comply with current health guidelines,” a spokesman said. “This includes having the necessary exceptions and other requirements to enter or be in the ACT.” Residents of approved NSW border regions traveling into the state in addition to the approved zip codes will then not have access to the ACT. “Residents at the border of the postcode bubble should ensure that they continue to comply with the conditions of their standing exemption, as travel to areas outside these postcodes would then prohibit them from entering the ACT and would require them to apply for an exemption in order to do it, “says A spokesman for ACT Policing. Action against non-compliance includes rejecting people at the border, issuing fines and ordering people to leave the ACT. READ MORE: A spokesman for ACT Health said public announcements about these restrictions had been issues through “several ACT government communication channels, including via social media, our press conferences and the COVID-19 website.” We will continue to communicate any changes to these arrangements and restrictions before they take effect. 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 you can continue to access our trusted content:


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