Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

NSW removes ACT from list of COVID affected areas: Barilaro


John Barilaro announces NSW stay at home for ACT returnees.


2021-10-11T21: 00: 00 + 11: 00

Monaro MP John Barilaro took to Facebook to announce immediate changes to NSW’s restrictions on ACT as a COVID-affected area.

Barilaro said NSW’s health chief had removed ACT as an affected area and a problem area.

Barilaro said this meant that statements would not be required for persons entering NSW and who had been in the ACT for the previous 14 days.

It also means that there will no longer be a requirement for residence at home for persons who have been in ACT for the previous 14 days.

Victoria and Queensland remain listed as COVID affected areas and areas of concern by NSW Health.

At this stage, the whole of NSW remains a COVID-affected area under the ACT Public Health Order with standing exceptions in place for a select number of border communities.

Monaro MP John Barialro announced border restriction changes over Facebook.  Photo: Karleen Minney

Monaro MP John Barialro announced border restriction changes over Facebook. Photo: Karleen Minney

If you live outside of ACT in one of the approved postcodes, you can enter ACT under a permanent exemption.

Outside this exception, ACT residents who have spent time in NSW in the previous 14 days must complete the online exemption form within 72 hours prior to arrival at ACT and be quarantined immediately for 14 days.

“People from NSW who enter ACT for any purpose until 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.”

ACT Prime Minister Andrew Barr said the ACT government will have confirmation from NSW on Wednesday or Thursday on how the Canberrans will be treated in terms of travel restrictions from Friday.

He said NSW would aggressively enforce the rules this week, while vaccinated people in NSW regional areas had more freedoms than ACT residents.

“Today, it is not an option for Canberrans to go to NSW for non-essential reasons,” Barr said.

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