Residents in the ACT have a reason to celebrate as the pubs have returned to Canberrans.
However, travel restrictions are still in place preventing visits to Sydney but regional areas are available to travel to without having to quarantine when returning to the ACT.
Travel bubble regions include:
- Goulburn to the north
- Gundagai to the northwest
- Tumut to the west
- Tumbarumba to the southwest
- locations along on the NSW/Victoria border, from the Snowy Valleys town of Khancoban to Bombala and its surrounds in the Monaro region of southeast NSW
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from the Australian 14/10/21
Canberrans will be able to drink at pubs on Friday as the nation’s capital reopens, but stringent travel restrictions will prevent residents from visiting friends to the north of Goulburn or on the south coast.
Visits to Sydney are not allowed under the plan. Under the updated NSW/ACT border rules, ACT residents will be granted access to more locations in nearby NSW and the ability to return without quarantine. But only for certain “approved” activities.
The additional regions will include Goulburn to the north; Gundagai to the northwest; Tumut to the west; Tumbarumba to the southwest and locations along on the NSW/Victoria border, from the Snowy Valleys town of Khancoban to Bombala and its surrounds in the Monaro region of southeast NSW.
The extra locations were unveiled this week and extend the ACT/NSW travel bubble by 17 postcodes. However, anyone who travels from Canberra to areas in NSW beyond the approved locations will need an exemption to re-enter the ACT.
Travel to the designated locations in regional NSW is only permitted for those undertaking approved activities, including weddings, funerals, work, school, visiting childcare services, receiving healthcare, fulfilling legal obligations and household visits.
Restrictions on travel to and from NSW were set to be further eased on October 29 to allow access to “most parts of regional NSW”. However, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said on Thursday he anticipated the NSW government was “poised” to make an announcement about the border with the territory, particularly for the 27 postcodes surrounding the ACT.
Mr Barr said Canberrans could expect “good news” about travel between the ACT and NSW and that it was now “days or weeks away” rather than months until Territorians would have answers on when they could travel to Sydney and the south coast.
On Thursday, Victoria announced it would downgrade the ACT to an orange travel zone.