Canberrans are being encouraged not to cancel their weekend plans following the news of COVID-19 exposure sites being identified in the ACT.

It comes after a man from Sydney, who’s since returned a ‘low’ positive reading to the virus was found to have visited Canberra on Monday.

Anyone who’s been to the two identified sites must now get tested and isolate.

The ACT’s Chief Health officer said the new requirements are out of an abundance of caution, with the risk of transmission from the man thought to be low.

“We certainly don’t think he’s really infectious, we don’t think there’s a high risk to the community but just like NSW, we’re just being really cautious.”

“We just need to do all those things that we’ve been trying to do for the last year and a half, which is just be aware of your symptoms and if you have any that could be covid – please go get a test.”

When quizzed about how Canberrans should treat the coming days, Dr Coleman pleaded with locals to still enjoy their weekend plans.


“Contrary to what some people think, Public Health is not about trying to stop people having fun so we’re still keen for people to do that.”

She is reminding those who’ve recently travelled interstate where case have been identified to closely monitor their symptoms as well as the emergence of any other exposure sites in those areas as you may need to take appropriate action.

“Apart from that – wash your hands, don’t cough on anybody, don’t go if you’re sick but go and have fun if you’re not.”