ACT Public Health Emergency extended

Released 18/11/2020

Minister for Health Rachel  Stephen-Smith has announced a further extension of the ACT Public Health Emergency for 90 days, effective until 17 February 2021.

This decision has been made based on the advice of the ACT Chief Health  Officer and recognises the ongoing threat of COVID-19 in Australia.

The extension of the emergency declaration will enable the Chief Health  Officer to continue to take appropriate action, or give any direction,  necessary to protect Canberrans from COVID-19.

The unfolding situation in South Australia is another reminder that this  pandemic is not over and is an example of how quickly things can change.  While we remain in a good position in the ACT, it is likely we will continue to  see cases and clusters of COVID-19 across the country.

The reality is that this virus will be part of our lives until a vaccine  is widely available. While there has been promising news on that front in  recent days, responding appropriately to outbreaks will be important for the  foreseeable future as we learn to live with COVID-19.
We will continue to take a cautious, measured approach to protect the  health and safety of Canberrans.

This has been a very challenging year for our community and Canberrans  have shown great resilience in responding to the challenges presented by  COVID-19.

To keep our community safe, we must not be complacent. We must remain  vigilant and continue to practise the COVID safe behaviours we have all learnt  - keep your physical distance, practice good hand hygiene, stay at home if you  are unwell and get tested for any COVID-19 symptoms.

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