The ACT has imposed a two-week quarantine on anyone entering the territory from the Wingecarribee local government area.
The region is one of 14 local government areas which will be subject to ACT stay-at-home requirements from 11.59pm Thursday, including areas in the Hunter Valley and the mid-north coast.
People from 14 LGAs in NSW will face the same restrictions as those travelling from Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.
Anyone entering the ACT from these areas, including returning ACT residents, must complete an online exemption form 72 hours prior to entering, and go into home quarantine immediately.
ACT residents will be allowed to enter the territory, while non-residents must have an exemption.
The LGAs from NSW declared Covid affected from midnight:
- Armidale Regional Council
- Cessnock City Council
- Coffs Harbour City Council
- Dubbo Regional Council
- Dungog Shire Council
- Lake Macquarie City Council
- Maitland City Council
- Mid-Western Regional Council
- Muswellbrook Shire Council
- Newcastle City Council
- Port Stephens Council
- Shoalhaven City Council
- Singleton Council
- Wingecarribee Shire Council
ACT residents are advised:
- If you leave these LGAs after 11:59pm tonight and enter the ACT, you must:
- Complete an online exemption form within 72 hours prior to arriving in the ACT
- Immediately quarantine for 14 days when you return to the ACT, or until you are advised by ACT Health that you can leave.
- This applies to all ACT residents, including those who have who have had the COVID-19 vaccine.
- We will automatically grant ACT residents an exemption to enter the ACT and will support them to safely return to their homes.
- If you leave these LGAs after 11:59pm tonight, you must not enter the ACT unless you have an approved exemption before arriving.
- We will only grant exemptions in highly exceptional circumstances. Even if we grant you an exemption, you must quarantine for 14 days at a suitable premises or hotel at your own expense.
Travel advice from ACT Health:
The situation in regional NSW is serious and we may bring in restrictions for other regions at short notice.
All Canberrans should minimise interstate travel at this time and be prepared to reconsider their plans at short notice. Canberrans should not be travelling to any areas subject to quarantine or a stay-at-home requirement.
Please note the exemption form will be available on the COVID-19 website from 9pm today. Find more information here: www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act/nsw
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