20 November 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 115. There is one active case in the ACT.

A total of 111 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 recorded in the ACT is now 116,209.

ACT-Victoria border to open on Monday 23 November 2020

Following careful consideration from the Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, the ACT will reopen its border with Victoria at 12.01am on Monday 23 November.

Provided there is no significant change in the Victorian COVID-19 situation over the weekend, free travel will again be permitted between the ACT and Victoria. Exemptions will no longer be required to enter the ACT and there will be no quarantine requirements for people visiting or returning from Victoria.

With NSW also opening its border with Victoria at 12.01am on Monday 23 November, it will once again be possible to travel to the ACT from Victoria by road or rail.

“I am pleased to confirm that, from Monday 23 November, people entering the ACT from Victoria will no longer need to seek an exemption from ACT Health and will no longer be screened on arrival at the Canberra airport,” Dr Coleman said.

“We have assessed the situation in Victoria following their easing of restrictions that started on 8 November.

“It is great to see Victoria has now gone three weeks without recording a COVID-19 case. 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.

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

The Chief Health Officer reminded anyone who is considering travelling to remember the ABCs of COVID-safe travel:

Avoid COVID-affected areas.

Behave in a COVID-safe way.

Check back when you’re home.

Advice on travel between the ACT and South Australia

While the ACT-South Australia border remains open at this time, no one should be travelling between the ACT and South Australia unless for essential purposes. South Australia is currently subject to a Stay At Home Direction.

We are assessing new information that has come to light in South Australia today but, at this time, there is no change to our advice. We continue to monitor the situation closely in South Australia, including the list of exposure sites identified by SA Health, and will continue to update the ACT community about this situation and what we need you to do as the situation changes.

If you have been in South Australia in the past 14 days, you must complete an online declaration to be permitted to enter the ACT, prior to entry.

ACT residents returning from South Australia must also complete this declaration. Any ACT resident who has declared they have been in an identified COVID-19 venue or location and is required to quarantine by South Australia is strongly encouraged not to travel.

However, if an ACT resident must return to the ACT, they should email COVID.exemptions@act.gov.au. Residents may also require approval from South Australia to leave quarantine.

The online declaration must be completed within 24 hours prior to travel and is available here. Upon entry to the ACT, people will be asked to present a copy of their declaration, which travellers will need to carry with them at all times while in the ACT.

More information about this declaration process is available on the ACT COVID-19 website.

ACT Health continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in South Australia closely. A list of exposure sites associated with the ongoing cluster can be found on the SA Health website. It is important to check this regularly if you have been in South Australia in the previous 14 days.

It is important for all ACT residents who have recently returned from South Australia to keep up to date, follow the health advice, and be aware of COVID-19 symptoms. If any symptoms develop, no matter how mild, immediately get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

General information

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We ask Canberrans to:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart from people or groups you don’t know
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • 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.