Joint Chief Police Officer and Chief Health Officer statement

COVID-19

Attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman and Chief Police Officer for the ACT Neil Gaughan

To support the implementation of the Public Health Directions currently in place to minimise the travel between specific COVID-affected areas in NSW and the ACT, from tomorrow morning ACT Policing will have a presence along the Federal Highway located at the Majura Parkway turnoff.

As part of this, ACT Policing will be conducting random interceptions to speak with drivers about the new public health directions and any requirements to quarantine in the ACT. This will not be a permanent measure and will supplement ACT Policing’s compliance activities.

People are asked to be on the lookout for signs as they drive into Canberra to be aware of traffic arrangements and continue to drive to the conditions.

It is important to emphasise that at this time there is no border closure between the ACT and NSW and no permit process in place to enter the ACT.

However, under the Public Health Directions in place, for those who are returning to the ACT from the identified NSW COVID-affected areas, there is a requirement to complete a simple online declaration form that is available on the ACT COVID-19 website and to quarantine for 14 days.

We want to thank all Canberrans for their understanding of these new arrangements and compliance with these measures to keep our community safe, in particular that it has meant many changing their plans over this time.

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