UPDATED: Friday 23 July, 2021
More than half of the Australian population is now in lockdown with residents in South Australia and the Central West region of New South Wales, joining those in Victoria and Greater Sydney to live under stay-a-home orders.
The 7-day SA lockdown began at 6:30pm (Canberra time) on Monday while the Central West of New South Wales was plunged under the orders late on Monday night after a covid positive truck driver visited the region last week.
The council areas of Orange, Blayney, and the Cabonne Shire Council will now be subject to the lockdown orders until at least Tuesday 27 July.
The evolving coronavirus situation has again changed the situation for Canberrans and where they can travel.
Here is the current state of play.
NSW: The ACT has quarantine orders in effect for the Greater Sydney area including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
The Central West, made up of the Orange, Blayney, and Cabonne council areas, are also in lockdown – the ACT has stay-at-home orders in effect for residents returning from the affected areas.
Elsewhere across the state remains fine to travel to and from for now but with a number of exposure sites popping up in other parts of NSW, including recently in Goulburn, it’s recommended Canberrans rethink the need to travel interstate at this time.
VIC: The entire state of Victoria is under lockdown orders which are expected to remain in place until at least Tuesday 27 July, however prior to its lockdown, the state closed its border to all of NSW and the ACT with Canberrans no longer welcome in the state without an exemption.
QLD: Canberrans are still welcome into the Sunshine State for now but authorities from Queensland are closely monitoring the covid situation and that could quickly change, the state is currently closed closed to ALL of NSW including places just across the border such as Queanbeyan and Yass.
SA: South Australians are now subject to a 7-day lockdown however prior to this the state had already closed its border to the ACT.
WA: Canberrans aren’t banned from heading over west but will be subject to 14 days quarantine upon arrival.
NT: Travel to and from the Top End is unrestricted at the moment.
TAS: Canberrans can freely travel to and from Tasmania at this time.
NZ: Australians are no longer able to travel to New Zealand without quarantining, NZ made the decision on Friday, temporarily suspending the trans-tasman bubble for at least the next 8 weeks.