Health authorities in Canberra will no longer consider the Greater Brisbane area as a COVID-19 hotspot as of 2pm on Monday 11 January.
The change comes after the state on Monday again recorded no new locally acquired cases of the virus, with confirmation the city’s lockdown will also end on Monday night.
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the decision was made after discussions with her Queensland counterparts.
“I have made this decision after carefully considering the broader risk to the ACT community.”
However, Dr Coleman has warned against complacency.
“The early signs are positive however we will not know if the variant has spread further until at least a full 14 days after the last day the infectious case was in the community,” Dr Coleman said.
The change now means that both ACT residents and non-residents who have been in Greater Brisbane on or after 2 January 2021 will no longer be required to quarantine in the ACT.
While those people affected are not required to undertake a COVID-19 test upon leaving quarantine, they are reminded to continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they start to experience even the mildest of symptoms.
“This is essential to minimise the risk of seeding of the virus to the ACT.” Dr Coleman said.
“We ask that those coming out of quarantine or who have been in Brisbane during this time check the Queensland Health website daily. If you are identified as a close contact by Queensland Health or you have been to any one of the contact tracing locations you need to follow Queensland Health’s advice immediately and contact ACT Health on (02) 6207 7244.”
Around 4,800 people within the Territory were identified as having been in the Greater Brisbane area during the affected time.
Under the updated public health orders all will now be freed to leave quarantine.