South Australia is keeping its border closed to the ACT, despite easing its hard closure with Western Australia and the Northern territory.
The state’s border was closed to WA and the NT late last month as both went into lockdown following the detection of COVID-19 within their communities.
Both have since lifted their lockdown measures and will now be welcomed back into South Australia, while ACT residents, where there hasn’t been a local case of the virus for almost a year, remains shut out.
SA Premier, Steven Marshall has blamed the ACT’s ‘porous’ border with New South Wales (which it is still closed to) for the decision.
“We would like to ease the border restrictions between the ACT and South Australia but because of the Delta variant and because of our concerns there we won’t be doing that today.”
ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, said he has been in contact with his SA and WA counterparts following yesterday’s announcement of the Greater Sydney lockdown extension and assured them of the decreasing risk from the outbreak faced in the Territory.
“Canberra is clearly not part of greater Sydney and, through a combination of good management and good luck, we have had very few covid cases.”
“This should be acknowledged by other jurisdictions.”
With stay-at-home orders currently in place in the ACT for the lockdown down regions of Greater Sydney the Chief Minister is hopeful that decision will be changed next week.
South Australia said it will reconsider its position on the ACT border ‘soon’.