UPDATE: ACT Health has now removed the requirement for visitors and residents of the Shoalhaven to self-quarantine
Canberrans who’ve visited the Greater Sydney area will now be required to enter quarantine.
While non-residents, from the affected areas, will now no longer be permitted to travel into the Territory.
The new orders come into effect from 11:59pm Sunday 20 December.
The Greater Sydney area includes the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong.
The updated advice comes as Sydney’s Northern Beaches cluster continues to grow with New South Wales recording 30 new infections overnight.
The ACT also recorded one new case of the virus on Sunday.
The infection, a woman in her 40s who recently returned from overseas, is unrelated to the situation in Sydney.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the new orders are being introduced in a bid to prevent seeding of the virus into the Territory.
“If you are not an ACT resident and you have been in any of these places, our message is simple – do not travel to the ACT.”
“If you come to the ACT, you will be required to quarantine and anyone staying at the same house of premises as you will also be required to quarantine.”
Returning residents will be able to undertake quarantine at a private residence.
Exemptions to these orders won’t be offered, except in extreme circumstances.
Dr Coleman on Sunday said the restrictions won’t be in place any longer than necessary but warned against complacency over the festive season.
“We need the community to be prepared that this is likely to continue over Christmas and potentially into the New Year.”
ACT residents are now also being encouraged to strongly consider the need to travel throughout the rest of New South Wales.