Masks will no longer be required across Canberra, with the mandate lifting at 11.59pm on Friday night.

However, we’re being asked not to throw them away just yet, with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr encouraging us to still wear them indoors.

He says given the limited movement between Canberra and Sydney, removing the mask mandate “makes sense”.

You will need your mask if you go across the border though, with New South Wales extending its restrictions for another week.

Masks will also remain mandatory for all domestic travel and while in the Canberra Airport.

Meanwhile, the stay-at-home orders for people who have been in Greater Sydney (which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas) have been extended to the end of next week.

6,400 people are currently under those orders in Canberra.

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This means if you’ve returned from Greater Sydney, you’ll need to isolate for 14 days or until the order is lifted – whichever comes first.

ACT Health says no travel to and from Greater Sydney should be taking place at this time.

However, if you are under a stay-at-home order and you need to go to school, you can – you will just need to wear a mask.

Attending school is one of the ‘essential reasons’ to leave isolation.

In other news, Canberra’s 10,000th Astra Zeneca jab has been administered at the Calvary Hospital vaccination clinic today.

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