Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Australian Capital Territory continues Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions as of Sept. 3. Entry ban for most Victoria residents remains.

Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 03:19 PM UTC
Alert Expires 24 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Australian Capital Territory (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry ban for most Victoria residents, transport disruptions, increased security, limited business restrictions, quarantine requirements

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) remains at Stage 3 of its recovery roadmap aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of early Sept. 3. Under Stage 3, authorities are allowing businesses, including casinos and gaming venues, food courts, gyms, saunas, and similar services to operate. Officials continue to cap indoor and outdoor gatherings at 100 people, excluding staff. The government continues to require all businesses to ensure physical distancing of 1.5 meters (5 feet) and follow the so-called four-square-meter rule, limiting capacity at indoor and outdoor spaces to one person per four square meters (43 square feet).

Domestic Border Controls
Officials have banned Victoria residents from entering the ACT, except for returning residents and case-by-case exemptions. The New South Wales-Victoria border remains closed. Travel between Victoria and ACT is only available via Canberra Airport (CBR). Returning residents and approved travelers from Victoria must notify health authorities 72 hours in advance of the flight and provide evidence of residency or exemption upon arrival at CBR. The ACT government requires travelers from Victoria to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

International Quarantine Requirements
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. The ACT government continues to pay for quarantine costs for international travelers; however, authorities could institute a fee structure at short notice.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays, especially if traveling from Victoria. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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