UPDATE: One new case of COVID-19 was detected in Melbourne on Tuesday, bring the city’s latest outbreak to five.
It’s prompted the introduction of new restrictions from 6pm Tuesday 25 May, with masks to be compulsory in all indoor settings across Greater Melbourne, household gatherings are reduced to five and outdoor gatherings to 30.
The confirmation of the new infections has prompted the tightening restrictions in the ACT for travel to and from Melbourne.
ACT Health is now advising anyone who’s been in the Greater Melbourne area in the past two weeks to fill out a declaration form prior to their arrival into the Territory.
If you’ve already arrived in the ACT and haven’t filled out a form, you must do so within 24 hours.
Anyone who has attended a close contact site is also required to immediately contact ACT Health, get tested and quarantine for 14 days since last visiting the site, regardless of returning a negative result.
The change to the ACT’s restrictions also means staff, visitors and volunteers to high-risk settings such as hospitals, residential aged care, correctional facilities and disability services should not visit or attend these settings for 14 days from last visiting Melbourne.
An ACT Health spokesperson said the situation is evolving and couldn’t rule out further tightening of restrictions, should case numbers in Victoria continue to grow.
“This is a timely reminder to remain vigilant for COVID-19.”
“If you are travelling please remember that things can change quickly. Regularly check the public health advice of the place you are visiting, follow regular COVID-safe practices and check in at venues to support contract tracing.”
“If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, please get tested and stay at home until you have a negative result and your symptoms have resolved.”
Further information on the new restrictions and exposure sites can be found online here.