If you’ve been in the following NSW Local Government areas from 11.59pm tonight (August 5) and enter the ACT, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days.

According to ACT Health, it’s due to positive cases and positive sewage detections of the virus in those areas.

The LGAs are:

  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Cessnock City Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Dubbo Regional Council
  • Dungog Shire Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Maitland City Council
  • Mid-Western Regional Council (includes Mudgee)
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • Singleton Council
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council (the Southern Highlands area)

Anyone entering the Territory from these areas will need to fill in an exemption form, which will go live at 9pm tonight. You can find the form here.

Non-residents will need an approved exemption before entering the ACT from these areas.

ACT Health says “the situation in regional NSW is serious and restrictions could be implemented for other regions at short notice.”


Meanwhile a stay at home order has been issued for the state of Victoria.

This means if you leave Victoria on or after 11.59pm tonight (August 5), you’ll need to stay at home until at least August 12.

You can leave your home for essential purposes, but need to wear a mask.

Non-residents will need an approved exemption before entering the ACT from Victoria.

From ACT Health:

“All Canberrans should minimise interstate travel at this time and be prepared to reconsider their plans at short notice. Canberrans should not be travelling to any areas subject to quarantine or a stay-at-home requirement.


“With COVID-19 cases now in multiple jurisdictions across Australia, people need to be alert and be prepared for the situation to change quickly.”

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