The ACT Opposition has called on the Territory Government to ease COVID-19 restrictions in the Capital to match those across the border in New South Wales.

On Tuesday, our neighbouring state announced it was brining forward the planned easing of restrictions from 1 December to this Monday 8 November, following a faster than expected vaccine uptake.

The changes include the removal of capacity limits for all settings, expect gyms, and density limits in businesses reduced to one person per 2 square metres.

Currently NSW sits at an 88.3% double dose vaccination coverage in the population aged 16 and above.

That’s compared to the ACT’s the much higher coverage rate, where 93.6% of the Territory’s population aged 12 and above have now received both doses of a vaccine.

Canberra Liberals Leader, Elizabeth Lee said it doesn’t make sense for the ACT to have greater restrictions while also celebrating our high vaccine rates.

“With cross-border travel arrangements now allowing people in Canberra and NSW greater flexibility to move around, the ACT Government should further amend restrictions that are impeding our local businesses.”

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“Canberrans have done the right thing and heeded calls to get vaccinated.”

Ms Lee also said it’s time for businesses in the Territory are given a fairer go in the lead up to Christmas.

“It is now time that businesses who have done it very tough throughout the lockdown to be given some freedom to reap the benefits of our high vaccination rates.” Ms Lee said.

COVID restrictions in the ACT are scheduled to ease next on Friday 26 November.

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