Border rule change: NSW eases travel restrictions on Canberrans, calls for ACT to follow suit | The Canberra Times

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As the lockdown ends in the ACT, NSW health authorities have moved to ease COVID-19 restrictions on people entering NSW from the territory, leaving Canberrans “subject to the same rules as people living in NSW”. There has been confusion and frustration over the differences in the border bubble between the two jurisdictions. The overnight move has been met with calls for the ACT government to follow suit and ease restrictions on Canberrans wishing to travel freely outside the capital. NSW Health has advised that as of midnight Thursday night, the same time as the lockdown ends, the ACT will no longer be considered an area of ​​COVID-19 concern or an affected area. This means that people who enter from the ACT upon entering NSW no longer have to fill in a declaration form or follow the stay-at-home rules on arrival. NSW Health says the change is in line with the ACT government’s decision to lift the stay-at-home restrictions. It means that from Friday residents of Canberra will be subject to the same rules as people living in NSW. Fully vaccinated people can now travel anywhere in regional NSW except Greater Sydney, where people can only enter or leave with a reasonable excuse. NSW Health says vacations and outdoor recreation are not reasonable excuses. Changes to boundary rules in recent days have meant that NSW residents from an extensive list of towns – including Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma and Gundagai – now have a permanent exemption from traveling to the ACT for a variety of reasons, including work, study , school and essential groceries. But Canberrans are only allowed to travel in the capital and to other parts of NSW. They cannot cross the border unless it is for work in NSW, childcare or school, animal welfare or attending weddings or funerals. Earlier this week, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the “two questions I am being asked are, ‘When can I go to the coast?’ and ‘When can I go to Sydney?’ I don’t think either is likely any time soon, in the next week or so, but they look very likely in November.” MORE COVID-19 NEWS: The policy shift by NSW is increasing pressure on the ACT to act more quickly now against border restrictions. ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed the NSW change and wants a similar move from the ACT. “This wise decision by the NSW government will be welcomed by many people in Canberra and our region,” he told The Canberra Times. “I hope the ACT government will now follow suit and ensure that Canberrans can reunite with loved ones and resume cross-border travel.” The shift in NSW policy comes after Victoria lowered its warning for travelers coming from the ACT to “orange”, removing the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement from Friday. Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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