As Sydney’s Northern Beaches coronavirus cluster continues to grow, Canberrans are being told to ‘strongly reconsider’ the need to travel throughout the rest of New South Wales.
ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman on Monday said locals should be prepared for restrictions to change at any moment.
“People need to be aware that traveling is a potential risk and there may be outcomes that they need to manage in terms of returning home.”
New restrictions, which came into effect overnight, now require anyone who’s been in the Greater Sydney area including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong to self-declare and quarantine for 14 days.
However, returning residents are not required to quarantine if traveling directly through an affected area without stopping.
A previous requirement, which originally included the Illawarra-Shoalhaven as a declared hotspot, was updated on Monday and is now also no longer included.
“We apologies for the confusion, however, this is an evolving situation and it may well be, in three day’s time, we have to extend the public health directions.” Dr Coleman said.
It comes as New South Wales recorded 15 new infections on Monday, all inked to the Northern Beaches outbreak, taking the total number of the cluster to 83.
The ACT remains home to just one active infection of COVID-19, a woman who returned from overseas and tested positive over the weekend and is in hotel quarantine.
New South Wales is set to review its current level of restrictions on Wednesday, giving people a better idea of what Christmas will look like.
The Territory will also be reviewing its advice but Dr Coleman said it remains uncertain when restrictions will be eased in Canberra.
“I would encourage people not to count on these restrictions being loosened before Christmas.”
ACT Policing is now considering the establishment of a presence along the Federal Highway in a bid to support compliance to the new orders through random declaration checks of drivers heading into the Territory.