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ACT to shut border to Victoria from midnight

The ACT will introduce travel restrictions with Victoria from 11.59pm tonight, Friday 12 February.  

Residents who need to return to the ACT will need to notify ACT Health and self-quarantine once they return to the Territory, while non-residents will require an exemption.

At this stage, people entering the ACT from Victoria will need to quarantine for the length of the Victorian lockdown, five days, however that could change.

Anyone who is in Victoria is encouraged to remain there if possible. 

The ACT travel restrictions are in response to the COVID-19 outbreak linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn that has triggered the five-day lockdown in Victoria.

The health direction that requires people entering the ACT who have been in a tier one exposure site in Victoria to self-isolate for 14 days remains in place. Those sites include terminal 4 of Melbourne Airport between 4.45am and 2pm on Tuesday 9 February.

As well, anyone who attended any terminal at Melbourne Airport on either Sunday 7 or Monday 8 February must immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Melbourne MPs were reportedly urged to rush back to Canberra before midnight tonight as to be able to attend next week’s Parliamentary sitting.

The declaration form for ACT residents and the exemption form for non-residents will be available online by 9pm tonight.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the ACT Government would look at easing restrictions in the ACT for larger venues and events, provided the situation in the Territory remains stable.

“We’re not going to do that today; we’ll have a look next week once we’ve got some more information from Victoria,” he said.

The ACT recorded zero new cases today, Friday 12 February, with the number of negative test results now surpassing 162,000.

The ACT has a dedicated COVID-19 website: covid19.act.gov.au

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