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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Updated: ACT lifts Greater Brisbane travel restrictions

The ACT Government has eased travel restrictions with Greater Brisbane from 1pm today, health authorities have announced, mirroring the early lifting of Brisbane’s three-day lockdown.

People from Greater Brisbane will again be able to travel to the ACT without filling out a declaration or receiving an exemption.

Anyone quarantining in the ACT due to having been in Greater Brisbane will receive communications from ACT Health advising them if they are able to leave quarantine, subject to them having received a negative COVID-19 result during their quarantine period.

Anyone still awaiting a test result will need to continue to isolate until it is received, and ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said that meant around 70% of the people in quarantine would be able to leave quarantine at 1pm.

Ms Stephen-Smith said testing had returned to normal levels after a spike earlier in the week.

She said public health requirements will remain in place for anyone who had been in identified exposure sites, with anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane or the Byron Shire in NSW in the last 14 days urged to remain vigilant for symptoms.

People who have been in close contact exposure sites still need to contact ACT Health, quarantine for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19.

Casual contacts will need to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result and monitor for symptoms.

“The community needs to be aware that the number of identified exposure sites in Greater Brisbane, wider Queensland and Northern NSW continues to increase as a result of this latest outbreak,” said ACT Health in a statement.

ACT Health has warned people to be vigilant when travelling over Easter and be aware of restrictions in other jurisdictions.

“People have been travelling a lot anyway and it’s just a good reminder over the long weekend and the school holiday period that people… are making sure that they maintain those COVID-safe behaviours,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.  

The ACT has a dedicated COVID-19 website; covid-19.act.gov.au

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