The ACT is reintroducing travel restrictions for people who’ve been in Victoria ahead of the state entering a week long lockdown at midnight tonight.

ACT residents who leave the covid affected state after 11:59pm tonight and enter the Territory will be required to stay at home for the entirety on the Victorian lockdown, which is expected to remain in place until 11:59pm 3 June.

While non-residents of the ACT will no longer be able to enter the Territory without a prior exemption from ACT Health.

Anyone who’s also been to the City of Whittlesea in the past 14 days who enters the Territory before tonight’s lockdown deadline is also required to get tested for the virus and isolate until returning a negative result.

The City of Bendigo council are has also joined Greater Melbourne in being declared a ‘geographical area of risk’ in the ACT.

That means anyone who’s been to either of the cities in the past 14 days should not visit or attend high-risk setting in the ACT such as hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.

The new restrictions come in addition to the requirement for anyone who’s been in the Greater Melbourne area in the past 14 days to fill out an online declaration form, while anyone who’s been identified as attending an exposure site in Victoria prior to tonight’s lockdown will also need to quarantine at home for 14-days.

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ACT Health authorities are now strongly advising against any non-essential travel to the Victoria capital as the city’s outbreak continues.

“However, if you still decide to travel to Victoria, you must abide by all public health restrictions put in place by the Victorian Government.”

“You should also be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice as the situation in Victoria continues to develop, and must also be prepared to follow all ACT public health instructions upon your return.”

The announcement of another lockdown in Victoria comes after the state recorded 11 new cases of the virus within the community on Thursday, with the number of exposure sites across the state growing to more than 150 and contact tracers identifying more than 10,000 primary and close contacts.

The full list of COVID-19 exposure sites can be found here.