Journey restrictions into the ACT ease for some NSW residents, South East information extra COVID-19 circumstances


Border exemptions to permit simpler journey from New South Wales into the ACT for work or medical care is a optimistic step ahead however there must be extra readability on the foundations for varsity college students, Eden Monaro Labor MP Kristy McBain says.

NSW Well being introduced the brand new border exemption regardless of the ACT remaining in lockdown and rising case numbers within the southern a part of NSW. 

The brand new exemption means individuals travelling to the ACT from areas just like the South East for work or medical care now wouldn’t have to finish a declaration or comply with stay-at-home guidelines after they return to NSW. 

Ms McBain stated the change could be optimistic information for a lot of residents who relied on travelling to the capital area for important providers.

“This begins to provide individuals some readability notably in the event that they’re travelling to the ACT for work or medical points,” she stated.

A car crosses the border into Canberra on a sunny day.
NSW residents getting into the ACT with a border exemption will not must comply with stay-at-home orders as soon as returning to NSW.(ABC Information: Ian Cutmore)

Nevertheless, Ms McBain believes there nonetheless must be some clarification across the guidelines for college students who go to highschool within the ACT.

“We now have numerous NSW residents, notably within the Queanbeyan, Cooma and Yass areas, whose children go to highschool within the ACT,” she stated.

Because it at present stands, anybody getting into NSW from the ACT with out work or medical causes will nonetheless have to finish a declaration and comply with the stay-at-home guidelines.

Extra COVID-19 circumstances

The Southern NSW Native Well being District has recorded 10 new COVID-19 circumstances within the newest reporting interval.

5 of the brand new circumstances have been recorded in Cooma and are all linked to recognized circumstances.

A streetscape with cars.
There have been 5 new COVID-19 circumstances recorded in Cooma.(Provided: Snowy Monaro Regional Council)

In the meantime, 4 circumstances have been detected within the Queanbeyan Palerang area, with one in Jerrabomberra, two in Queanbeyan and one in Karabar. 

Goulburn has additionally recorded a further case, whereas the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla have recorded no new circumstances.

This brings the whole circumstances in well being district to 389 for the reason that begin of the present outbreak in June.

Southern NSW Native Well being District government director Liz Mullins stated it was important that folks continued to stick to the present COVID-19 well being orders.

“In time there can be individuals coming down to go to our stunning a part of the world and with that comes the danger of them bringing the virus so we should be notably cautious.”

There has additionally been quite a few new publicity websites listed, together with service stations and supermarkets in Jindabyne and Cooma.

Individuals are urged to verify the NSW Health website for the instances and dates listed and comply with the most recent well being recommendation.

a sign of the South East regional hospital with arrows pointing to main entry
The COVID-19 testing clinic at Bega’s South East Regional Hospital will shut and get replaced with a clinic on the outdated racecourse.(ABC South East NSW: Keira Proust)

Testing clinics

There have been quite a few adjustments made to testing clinic preparations throughout the South East, together with the closure of the clinic at South East Regional Hospital.

The Southern NSW Native Well being District has introduced the principle hospital clinic can be closed whereas a pop-up clinic operates out of Eden.

The clinic can be positioned within the rear automotive park of Twofold Arcade in Eden on Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 13 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, following the announcement of recent venues of concern in Eden.

A drive-through clinic on the Outdated Bega Racecourse will even be open from Tuesday, October 12 to Friday, October 15 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

A listing of additional testing clinics could be discovered on the local health district website.

The native well being district stated it anticipated excessive demand for testing at these clinics resulting from current circumstances and publicity websites.

“[We] anticipate greater demand than regular for testing over the subsequent 4 days,” a spokesperson stated.

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