ACT to allow open borders with Victoria

Matt Coughlan
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Travel between the ACT and Victoria will be allowed without restrictions from Monday as the state continues its streak without new coronavirus cases.

ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said people arriving from Victoria would no longer be forced to enter isolation for 14 days or be screened at Canberra airport.

"It is great to see Victoria has now gone three weeks without recording a COVID-19 case," she said on Friday.

"Given this, it is now safe to lift restrictions so we can welcome Victorian visitors to Canberra and there will be no requirement to quarantine for any Canberrans returning from Victoria."

With NSW also opening its border with Victoria at 12.01am on Monday, road and rail travel between the ACT and Victoria will be allowed.

The eased travel restrictions are contingent on there being no significant changes to the coronavirus situation over the weekend.

"The lifting of restrictions will give people the confidence to make plans, book holidays and reunite with family members in Victoria in the lead up to Christmas," Dr Coleman said.

"It will be a boost for local business as we welcome more people from Victoria."