31 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 is one (1) active case in the ACT.

A total of 109 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 50,743.

Travel advice

With the situation evolving quickly in other jurisdictions, we are updating our travel advice to ACT residents. As has been the case for several weeks, ACT residents are strongly advised not to travel to Victoria at this time. Travel to Victoria should only be done for absolutely essential reasons.

Any ACT resident planning to return to the ACT from Victoria must notify ACT Health through either the online form or the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 and quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria have passed.

In addition to this advice on Victoria, we are now also updating our travel advice for Greater Sydney. ACT residents are strongly advised not to travel to Greater Sydney at this time. Travel to Greater Sydney should only be done for absolutely essential reasons.

We do not issue this advice lightly – but it is a recognition of the fact that the risk to Canberrans of contracting COVID-19 in Greater Sydney, and potentially bringing it back to the ACT with them, is currently higher than we would like. We are asking Canberrans to continue exercising the good judgement they have shown during the pandemic thus far and to respect this advice.

Regarding regional NSW, we advise Canberrans to be aware of the COVID-19 situation in the area you are travelling in, and reassess your need to travel to areas with known cases.

We are also reminding Canberrans to exercise caution when travelling, regardless of location. While travelling, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing and practice good hygiene, as well as to adhere to the rules of the jurisdiction you are travelling to.

General health advice on NSW

A Public Health Direction remains in place for a number of affected locations in NSW. This Direction legally requires anyone who has been in some of 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. This Public Health Direction is available on the ACT COVID19 website.

In addition to the current legal directions, the ACT Government also strongly advises anyone who has visited locations identified by NSW Health to follow the advice being provided by the New South Wales authorities. The situation is rapidly evolving, so keep up to date the latest NSW Health Advice.

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.

The ACT Government would also like to remind Canberrans that the existing advice regarding Victoria remains in place – if you have been to Victoria within the past 14 days you must notify ACT Health before returning to the ACT. For more information on the legal requirements for quarantine and for information for travellers entering the ACT please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/act-border-restrictions.