ACT extends travel limits another week

Paul Osborne
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Restrictions on travel from coronavirus-hit parts of NSW to the ACT will remain in place for another week.

ACT authorities confirmed on Tuesday the public health direction would remain in place until January 13, with a further decision due the day before.

Anyone who has recently been in greater Sydney (including the northern beaches), the Central Coast and Wollongong local government areas of NSW - and is not an ACT resident - is legally not permitted to enter the ACT without a valid exemption.

If people from these areas need to travel to the ACT for extraordinary circumstances, they need to apply for an exemption at least three days prior to their travel.

ACT residents returning from COVID-affected areas of NSW can still return to the ACT, but still need to notify ACT Health of their intention to return via an online declaration form and enter quarantine for 14 days.

ACT authorities are particularly concerned about the Berala cluster in Sydney's west.

There are around 300,000 cars on the road in Canberra on any given day, about 10 per cent of which have NSW number plates.

"This narrows the focus of compliance for ACT policing," ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr told reporters on Tuesday.

"If you are here from Sydney or any COVID hot spot in breach of our public health directions, you should not be here and you risk an $8000 fine."

He acknowledged the measures were disruptive and would inconvenience people, but said they would only be in place for as long as necessary to reduce the risk from the outbreaks.