Canberrans ‘absolutely’ could make South Coast Christmas plans: Barr
There’s good news for Canberrans on the South Coast hoping for Christmas.
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ACT Secretary Andrew Barr said Canberrans could “absolutely” make their Christmas plans in the South Beach and Victoria as the region enters the final week of lockdown.
With NSW reopening under new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet from Monday, Mr Barr said it was “hard to say” what the full impact would be.
He said nothing will change until October 15 in the current arrangements between the ACT and NSW.
“Beyond that, we’ll be hearing from NSW and making some additional announcements before the ACT comes out of quarantine,” Barr said.
It remains to be seen exactly what NSW’s policy approach to local quarantines will be, and what the distinction will be between the greater Sydney area or areas of local government concern … and freedom and travel around regional NSW.
“So there are a few more steps.”
Can I make Christmas travel plans?
Mr Barr said there was “every expectation” that the border would open by December, although Victoria was a little behind on vaccinations.
“People can definitely make Christmas and summer vacation plans for South Beach and Victoria based on current vaccination rates,” he said.
“The period between October 15 and the first days of December is when things will be done incrementally.
“It will somehow depend on the decisions of the NSW and Victorian governments.”
The prime minister warned that tens of thousands of second doses are still to be administered in the coming weeks.
“We’re not going to do anything crazy with restrictions or borders until we get past this group,” he said.
“I don’t care what NSW does, we will still be cautious.”
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