18 July 2020

Confirmed cases update

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, leaving the ACT’s total at 113. There are five (5) active cases in the ACT.

A total of 105 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no (0) COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 41,160.

Updated health advice on South West Sydney

The ACT Government is closely monitoring the situation in NSW. As part of our response, a new Public Health Direction has come into effect.

This Direction legally requires anyone who has been in the affected locations identified by NSW Health, to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were there, even if they do not have any symptoms.

At this time, these locations are:

  • Crossroads Hotel in Casula - between Friday 3 July to Friday 10 July.
  • Planet Fitness in Casula - between Saturday 4 July and Friday 10 July.
  • Picton Hotel in Picton - on Saturday 4 July, Sunday 5 July, Thursday 9 July or Friday 10 July.

People who visited these locations on the specified dates are asked to get in contact with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on 02 6207 7244 so we can support individuals through their quarantine. These people are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 - even if they have no symptoms.

This Public Health Direction is available on the ACT COVID19 website.

In addition to the above legal direction, the ACT Government is now strongly advising anyone who visited the Plus Fitness in Campbelltown from 9am to 10am, Saturday 11 July, as well as anyone who visited the Thai Rock Restaurant in Wetherill Park on Thursday 9 July, Friday 10 July, Saturday 11 July, Sunday 12 July or Tuesday 14 July, to self-isolate immediately and get in touch with ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244. These people are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.

The ACT Government is also reminding anybody who was at the West Leagues Club in Campbelltown between 8pm on Friday 10 July to 12am on Saturday 11 July and between 12am and 2.30am on Sunday 12 July, to self-isolate immediately and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you were at the West Leagues Club at the above times and you get a COVID-19 test, please stay at home until you get your results. If your test is negative you are not required to stay in self-isolation, but if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested again.

ACT residents are reminded not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in NSW. This includes Liverpool and Campbelltown areas of Sydney more broadly, where these clusters of cases are.

Updated health advice on Batemans Bay

The ACT Government is aware of two recent positive test results for COVID-19 from people who had been visiting Batemans Bay. NSW Health is in the process of contact tracing patrons from the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club between 7pm to 9.30pm on Monday 13 July and casual contacts from the BIG4 Batemans Bay East Caravan Park on Monday 13 July and Tuesday 14 July. Anyone who attended these locations should monitor their health closely and if symptoms of COVID-19 develop, no matter how mild, self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test.

The situation in NSW is an evolving one and the advice and affected locations in NSW can change quickly. It is important that Canberrans, particularly those who have recently travelled into NSW, stay up to date on the latest advice from NSW via the NSW Health website.

Limited changes to COVID-19 restrictions come into effect at 12 noon yesterday

In response to the outbreaks in Victoria and NSW, the ACT Government is taking a cautious, staged approach to easing of restrictions. Step 2.2 restrictions are currently in place. A number of small exceptions will be allowed and came into effect from 12 noon yesterday.

  • Full-contact sporting competition can recommence, including dance and martial arts (with Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan or a COVID Safety Plan).
  • Competition and squad swimming can recommence.
  • No limit on swimmers per lane.
  • All hospitality venues and licensed premises must prominently display the maximum number of patrons allowed in their venue under COVID restrictions.

More detail on these changes to restrictions can be found at www.covid19.act.gov.au/changes.

General information

We again ask Canberrans to remember four requirements in the coming weeks:

  1. Avoid large crowds;
  2. Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible;
  3. Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene; and
  4. Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is (02) 6207 7244 and is available between 8am and 8pm daily.