Australia coronavirus news live: NSW Health scrambles to stem western Sydney spread

People from Sydney’s northern beaches, greater Sydney, the central coast and Wollongong will not be legally permitted to enter the ACT without a valid pass.

The updated health direction will come into effect from midday on Saturday and any non-compliance will result in penalties, the ACT government says.

It comes after NSW on Friday reported three new coronavirus community transmissions, all linked to western Sydney. Any travellers from these regions into the ACT for “extraordinary circumstances” are required to apply for an exemption at least three days prior to the planned entry but no more than 14 days ahead of time.

These changes do not affect current restrictions for ACT residents returning from Covid-19-declared areas, whereby until at least 6 January authorities must be notified followed by a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.


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