Canberra residents will not visit Sydney until Covid lockdown in 2022

Canberra residents are likely to be locked in ACT in ‘MONTHS’ – and may not be able to visit Sydney before 2022

  • Residents of Canberra urged to reconsider any travel to Sydney for the rest of the year
  • The ACT chief minister says it is unlikely the border with NSW will open at some point soon
  • Comes after the ACT registered nine new cases, bringing the outbreak to 176










Canberra’s Labor chief has declared NSW out of bounds for residents for ‘months’ – and suggested they postpone all travel to Sydney until 2022.

Andrew Barr says it is unlikely that the border with NSW will open at a time when the border with other states is likely to open ‘from December’.

The ACT recorded nine new cases on Wednesday, when NSW recorded 919 new infections, Australia’s highest daily increase ever.

Sir. Barr said travel to Sydney will remain off-limits while being asked what vaccinated Canberrans will be able to do in the coming weeks and months.

“It’s still several months away and Sydney will still be incarcerated for at least another month,” he said.

Residents of Canberra will remain barred until at least September 2nd.  Pictured are residents training along Lake Burley Griffin

Residents of Canberra will remain barred until at least September 2nd. Pictured are residents training along Lake Burley Griffin

“But we are not going through what we are going through now in order to just invite Sydney to bring a virus back to Canberra,

That said, I would not plan a trip to Sydney in the next few months.

“Our hope is that the measures we have in place now will allow us to get out of the lockdown ahead of Sydney.”

He warned of more movement across borders in December and into 2022, after vaccinations hit 80 percent targets.

Of the nine cases registered on Wednesday, eight are connected and four were contagious while in the community the list of venues rises past 400 venues.

Residents of the country's capital have been asked to cancel all planned trips to Sydney.  Pictured is Bondi this week

Residents of the country’s capital have been asked to cancel all planned trips to Sydney. Pictured is Bondi this week

Andrew Barr expects the ACT's borders with NSW to remain closed for the next few months

Andrew Barr expects the ACT’s borders with NSW to remain closed for the next few months

The number of cases in the disability sector is now 18.

Health officials remain on high alert. The number of cases may rise to double digits again in the coming days.

Six cases are being treated at the hospital, including an unvaccinated woman in her 40s who is in intensive care.

Barr has ruled out ending ACT’s lockdown before Sept. 2, but hinted that restrictions are currently being reviewed.

He will not see any mysterious cases or anyone in the community while he is contagious.

“Now is not the time to significantly ease the restrictions, but some changes are being considered and these changes will seek to balance risks across society,” Barr said.

‘We will get out of this carefully, week by week, as we continue to get our vaccination rate up.’

ACT registered nine new cases on Wednesday.  The picture shows a test clinic

ACT registered nine new cases on Wednesday. The picture shows a test clinic

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