03 July 2020
COVID-19 case numbers in Melbourne, Victoria are increasing.
Canberrans are being advised not to travel to ‘hotspot’ suburbs of Melbourne where community transmission is occurring, and which are currently under stay at home public health orders until 29 July 2020.
Canberrans are also advised to reconsider any travel to other areas of Melbourne; any non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. This is particularly important for any travel plans for the upcoming school holidays.
Melbourne ‘hotspot’ suburbs, which are under a stay at home public health order from 11.59pm on 1 July until 29 July 2020, are:
New Directions in place for people who have been in Melbourne hotspots
New Public Health Directions came into effect at 7:00am on Friday 3 July 2020, to complement the Victorian Government’s ‘stay at home’ orders in identified COVID-19 hotspots.
Anyone who enters the ACT from 7:00am on 3 July 2020, and has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in Victoria, is required to quarantine in the ACT at their own expense until 14 days after leaving the hotspot, or return to their home jurisdiction at the earliest reasonable opportunity.
Passengers on inbound flights from Melbourne will be asked to provide identification when they arrive at Canberra Airport.
Penalties and fines may apply to people who fail to comply with the Direction.
Other advice for people who have recently been in Melbourne
Anyone who entered the ACT prior to 07:00am on 3 July 2020, who has recently been in a COVID-19 hotspot, is strongly encouraged to quarantine for 14 days from the date they left the hotspot, even if they do not have any symptoms. If this applies to you, please contact ACT Health through the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244.
Anyone who has been in the Melbourne metropolitan area should not attend a high-risk setting, such as a hospital, aged care facility, or correctional facility, for 14 days after leaving Melbourne. This includes staff, volunteers and visitors to these settings. For more information, please see the Chief Health Officer alerts page.
Anyone coming into the ACT from the Melbourne metropolitan area is asked to closely monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to get tested for even the mildest of symptoms.
Advice for ACT residents planning to travel outside the ACT
In making any travel plans, ensure that you are across the details on COVID-19 outbreaks in the areas where you plan to travel. This information can be found on state and territory COVID-19 websites.
It is also important to remember that if you choose to travel, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing and practise good hygiene, and to adhere to the rules of the state you are travelling to. Check the rules for each state or territory.
To view the Public Health Directions, visit the Public Health Directions page.