19 November 2020

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 115,677.

New Public Health Directions for people travelling to the ACT who have been in South Australia

Under a new Public Health Direction, effective from 5.30pm Thursday 19 November 2020, anyone travelling to the ACT who has been in South Australia in the past 14 days must complete an online declaration prior to entering the ACT.

From this time, to enter the ACT, all travellers will be required to declare that in the 14 days prior to entering the ACT, they have not:

  • visited a place in South Australia that has been identified by the South Australian Government in a COVID-19 Health Alert, where the individual is required to enter a period of quarantine (a COVID-19 Declared Place); and
  • had contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

ACT residents returning from South Australia must also complete this declaration. Any ACT resident who has declared they have been in a COVID-19 Declared Place will be required to quarantine until 14 days have passed since they were last in the Declared Place.

The online declaration must be completed within 24 hours prior to travel.

Providing these criteria have been met, all travellers from South Australia to the ACT will continue to be permitted entry without the need to quarantine.

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.

These arrangements are consistent with the travel arrangements implemented by New South Wales today.

More information about these new arrangements will be available, including the online declaration form, on the ACT COVID-19 website later today.

Further advice on travel between the ACT and South Australia

While the ACT-South Australia border remains open at this time, subject to this new declaration process, no one should be travelling between the ACT and South Australia unless for essential purposes. All of South Australia is currently subject to a Stay At Home Direction until 25 November 2020.

All flights from Adelaide into Canberra Airport continue to be met by ACT Health public health response teams to provide travellers with information on COVID-19 symptoms and locations in the ACT where they can undergo testing if they develop symptoms while in the ACT.

If you are transiting through other jurisdictions to the ACT from South Australia, you must follow the health directions issued by the jurisdiction you are in while in transit.

Victoria has announced new temporary border controls with South Australia to come into effect from 11.59pm tonight. This means you will not be able to travel to the ACT by road from South Australia through Victoria (including via the Sturt Highway) while these temporary border controls are in effect.

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. Further information on testing sites is on the COVID-19 website.

This has been, and continues to be, a rapidly developing situation. If there are further major changes to the ACT’s position, ACT Health will share these with the community as soon as practicable.

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.