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Canberrans must mask up to enter airport, travel ban to most of Sydney lifted

Where can Canberrans freely travel in Greater Sydney? Anywhere except Cumberland.

Today, Friday 22 January, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced travel restrictions with nearly all of Sydney were being lifted from 3pm.

Anyone setting foot inside Canberra Airport will now be required to wear a face mask. File image.

“The removal of all but one of Sydney’s LGAs is a reflection of the vastly improved situation in Sydney and no new locally acquired cases in NSW this week,” Mr Barr said.

The nine LGAs that were removed:

  • Blacktown City
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay City
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Fairfield City
  • Inner West
  • Liverpool City
  • Parramatta City
  • Strathfield Municipality

This means some people in quarantine in the ACT will be released early, with the end of their quarantine to be confirmed by ACT Health by text message or email.

ACT residents who have been in Cumberland will still need to follow the ACT Health quarantine process, and non-ACT residents who have been in Cumberland will still be barred from entry to the Territory.

People who work in or visit high risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities and correctional facilities must still monitor which areas are classified as high risk by ACT Health.

The ACT Chief Health Officer has revised the list of high-risk settings in NSW to the following LGAs:

  • Northern Beaches Council
  • City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Cumberland City Council
  • Blacktown City Council

Anyone who has visited these four LGAs in Greater Sydney should not work or visit high risk settings for 14 days after leaving the area.

Mr Barr reminded Canberrans to stay informed on the latest COVID-19 advice when making domestic travel plans.

Masks mandatory in the airport and on flights

Following today’s National Cabinet meeting, Mr Barr announced anyone 12 years or older must wear masks inside the Canberra Airport domestic terminal, on the tarmac and on flights in and out of the ACT.

The direction is in line a commitment made across jurisdictions, for all domestic air travel across Australia, as part of National Cabinet.

Mr Barr confirmed the ACT will receive two repatriation flights, one in February and one in March.

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