Coronavirus restrictions, requiring people returning to the ACT from the Greater Sydney area to self-isolate for 14-days, will remain in place over the Christmas break.

The Greater Sydney area also included the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas.

The decision comes as New South Wales on Wednesday recorded another eight new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

Acting ACT Health Minister Chris Steel said while there’s no end date for the current public health orders, it was likely they will remain in place until at least the new year.

“The reality is that the virus and the pandemic is far from and the virus still poses a risk to the Canberra community so we need to take what actions we can to help reduce the risk of transmission.”

“If you are not an ACT resident and you’re from these (declared) areas, our message is clear – do not travel to the ACT.” Mr Steel added.

As of Wednesday, there was only one active case of the virus in the Territory, a woman who returned from overseas last week and remained in hotel quarantine.


Tuesday also saw the territory hit a coronavirus milestone, recording the highest number of tests in a single day, with more than 1300 swabs taken in the 24 hours period.