The ACT will remove its last remaining border restrictions on Friday afternoon.

Changes to the Territory’s Public Health Orders will see the remaining Cumberland council area of Sydney removed from the list of ACT declared coronavirus hotspots.

The decision comes amid an ‘improved’ coronavirus situation across Sydney with the last locally acquired case of COVID-19 detected in New South Wales reported 12 days ago.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman said the changes come into effect from 3pm Friday 29 January and will allow those in quarantine across the Territory to leave.

“At our peak we had close to 8,000 people in quarantine here in the ACT, resulting in a significant workload for public health staff.”

“Since 18 December 2020 ACT Health has also processed over 4,200 exemption applications for essential travel and other critical needs.”

The changes mean there will no longer be any restrictions on residents from any State of Territory entering the ACT.

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“While the situation across Australia is encouraging, we must all continue to follow the public health advice to keep the ACT community safe from COVID-19,” Dr Coleman said.