Local COVID-19 Update
Many of you would already be aware that the ACT has entered into a seven-day lockdown, as a result of positive COVID-19 cases in the community.
If you have visited the ACT on or after Thursday, 5 August please make sure you check the exposure sites in the ACT and follow the advice below. You can stay up to date with the exposure locations here.
In addition to this lockdown, Chief Minister Andrew Barr also declared all of NSW as a COVID-19 affected area. Given we share a border with the ACT, this is a significant announcement for our region.
Residents who live in the surrounding region, in one of the approved postcodes, may enter the ACT for essential work and healthcare reasons. However, upon returning to NSW you must follow the stay-home-rules currently in place in the ACT. This applies to anyone who was in Canberra on or after August 5.
The approved postcodes, decided by the ACT Government, include Queanbeyan, Googong, Jerrabomberra, Bungendore, Captains Flat, Michelago and Bredbo. A full list is available here.
If you are a resident of one of the approved postcodes you will not need an exemption, however, please make sure that you are travelling for one of the permitted reasons under the standing exemption, carry proof of residential address and are able to provide a reason as to why you are crossing the border as the ACT Police will be undertaking compliance checks.
If you live outside these postcodes and need to enter the ACT for essential work or healthcare reasons, you will be required to seek an exemption. This can be done online via this link: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act/travel-directions-in-the-act/online-travel-forms
The seven-day lockdown has triggered the NSW interstate travel directions, which means that if you enter NSW from the ACT on or after 12.01am on Thursday 5 August 2021 you must
- Complete a NSW entry declaration
- follow the stay at home rules for 14 days since you were last at the place in the concerns notice (or until the notice is revoked)
- only leave home with a reasonable excuse.
More information on the NSW rules for interstate travel is here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/border-restrictions
Given our region’s close proximity to the ACT I cannot stress how important it is that we continue to follow the rules to keep our family, friends and community safe. You can stay up to date on the rules in NSW at https://www.nsw.gov.au/
If you have even the mildest of symptoms, please get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result. As a result of the positive COVID-19 cases in Canberra, a number testing clinics have extended their operating hours.
To find your closest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics
I know this is an incredibly tough time for our community and it is completely normal that you may be feeling anxious or afraid. I encourage to reach out if you need support, my office is available to answer any questions you may have about these changes.
If you or anyone you know needs help contact:
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
In Emergencies call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
BeyondBlue has also set up a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. This website is regularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. Visit https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/ to access this service.
The next few days are critical. We all need to do our bit and follow these restrictions to keep each other safe.
If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting my office on (02) 6299 4899 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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