02 Jul 2020
ACT Government issues advice on Victoria before school holidays
School holidays is a time when families often travel together to get a well-earned break. However, travel in 2020 is a little bit different and everyone needs to be aware of the most recent COVID-19 advice.
ACT Health has advised all ACT residents not to travel to specific suburbs in Melbourne that have been identified as COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ – areas withincreased risk of community transmission.
These hotspots have been identified by postcode by the Victorian Government, and suburbs within these postcodes are under stay at home public health orders until 29 July 2020. The hotspot postcodes and suburbs are:
- 3012 - Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
- 3021 - Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
- 3032 - Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
- 3038 - Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
- 3042 - Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
- 3046 - Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
- 3047 - Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
- 3055 - Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
- 3060 – Fawkner
- 3064 - Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo
In addition, ACT Health has advised ACT residents to reconsider any travel to the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. This advice has been issued to avoid the risk of bringing COVID-19 into the ACT.
ACT Health has further advised anyone coming into the ACT from Melbourne hotspots, including ACT residents from the suburbs listed above not to visit aged care facilities, hospitals, or other high-risk settings for a period of 14 days after leaving the hotspot.
This includes staff who work in high-risk settings. High-risk settings are hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.
Anyone who has recently been in Melbourne is asked to closely monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, particularly in the 14 days after leaving Melbourne.
People who are feeling unwell should isolate themselves from others and seek testing via their GP or by visiting one of the ACT COVID-19 testing centres.
If you are leaving the ACT for school holidays or any other reason, remember that states and territories have different rules and restrictions, so it’s important that you follow the directions of the jurisdiction you’re travelling in. Some jurisdictions have border measures in place so make sure that you are aware of these before you travel. You can find information on rules, restrictions and border measures on the state and territory COVID-19 websites.
In addition, please continue to:
- Stay 1.5 metres apart from others.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Stay home if you’re unwell and not see others.
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild.
- Download the COVIDSafe app to help with contact tracing.
With no vaccine for COVID-19, these are our greatest tools to fight the spread right now. They may seem small, but every action counts.
For more on COVID-19 in the ACT, visit covid19.act.gov.au