PM returns to Canberra ahead of parliament

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has returned to Canberra for 14 days of restrictions after being granted an exemption to travel from Sydney.

Under health protocols, Mr Morrison will be required to restrict his movements to The Lodge and specific areas within Parliament House including his office and cabinet rooms.

He will also undertake daily COVID-19 tests and be required to wear a mask.

A spokesman said the rules were consistent with those approved for essential workers with exemptions in the ACT.

Mr Morrison previously flagged he wanted to attend the August parliament session in person, having had to videolink in during the last sittings as he quarantined after a trip to the G7 leaders' summit in the UK.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese, whose electorate is also in locked-down Sydney, has already based himself in Canberra ahead of parliament sittings resuming on August 3.

The ACT currently has "areas of concern" COVID-19 notices which apply to NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

Exemptions to non-ACT residents are offered on the grounds of essential work, compassion, child access, court proceedings and permanent moving.

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