11 February 2021

Canberrans advised to reconsider travel to Melbourne after COVID cluster hits double figures

| Dominic Giannini
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Rachel Stephen-Smith

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has told Canberrans to reconsider their need to travel to Melbourne. Photo: Region Media.

Canberrans have been advised to reconsider their travel to Melbourne after Victoria recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 this afternoon (11 February), bringing the total cluster linked to the Holiday Inn hotel to 10.

South Australia has shut its border to Greater Melbourne and Queensland has reintroduced a declaration system for Victorians, but the border will remain open.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the Chief Health Officer is monitoring the issue but the advice at the moment is that the ACT’s border does not need to be closed.

“Be aware that the situation could change quickly and you may need to cancel or amend your plans if you are travelling to Melbourne,” she said.

“We are aware that the Victorian Government continues to update its tier 1 exposure list and that anyone who has been at the Holiday Inn for 15 minutes over a period of some days is required to quarantine for 14 days as well.

“Anyone who has been in Melbourne recently should be keeping a very close eye on the Victorian Health website and if they have been in any of those exposure sites, to ensure that they get tested and go into quarantine.”

A full list of Victorian exposure sites can be found here.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the ACT’s hotel quarantine program was off to a good start after receiving a repatriation flight of 166 passengers on Monday. All passengers have returned negative test results.

Further information about travel restrictions and quarantine requirements is available at www.covid19.act.gov.au.

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