10 June 2021

COVID stay at home requirements lifted for 800 people, long weekend caution remains in place

| Dominic Giannini
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 Dr Kerryn Coleman

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has eased restrictions on people entering the ACT from Victoria. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has lifted stay at home requirements for 800 people in Canberra in light of the improving COVID-19 situation in Victoria.

However, some requirements will remain in place for people entering the ACT from Victoria. Arrivals must comply with Victorian health directions and fill out a declaration form at least 24-hours before travelling to the Territory.

The ACT update aligns with NSW.

NSW has lifted the stay at home order for people who arrived from Victoria after 27 May; however, restrictions still remain in place for these people in line with the updated Victorian restrictions.

A declaration form must be filled in at least 24-hours prior to travelling to NSW from Victoria as well.

Restrictions will remain in place in Victoria until midnight tonight, including the mandatory wearing of face masks, gathering limits and Melbournians must stay within a 25-kilometre radius of their home.

The 25-kilometre travel limit means people in Melbourne need to have an exemption under the Victorian Health Orders to leave the city.

The full list of Victorian restrictions can be found here.

Rachel Stephen-Smith

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has advised Canberrans against travelling to Victoria over the long weekend. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

Speaking yesterday ahead of today’s updated restrictions, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith advised Canberrans against travelling to Victoria, and especially Greater Melbourne, ahead of the long weekend.

Ms Stephen-Smith said the restrictions in Melbourne remained in place despite the situation easing.

Ms Stephen-Smith’s warning was slightly more direct than ACT Health’s advice, which is for Canberrans to carefully consider their need to travel to the state, noting that the situation may change quickly and travellers could face restrictions upon reentering the ACT.

People who have recently travelled from Victoria, NSW and Queensland are being urged to regularly check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website, NSW Health website and Queensland Health website for recently added venues of concern linked to recent cases.

For more information about COVID-19 and travel restrictions and requirements in the ACT, visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

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