Canberra enters snap seven-day lockdown

Canberra will enter a seven day lockdown from 5pm tonight following a single Covid case.

“This is by far the most serious public health risk the ACT has faced in the past 12 months, and that’s why the ACT is introducing a strict lockdown in response to this positive case,” said ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

“We have said throughout the outbreak in Greater Sydney that we would act quickly and decisively. We have seen that a short and immediate lockdown limits the potential spread of the virus, and is the best path to avoiding longer and more damaging lockdowns.”

This will be the first time that the ACT has entered a lockdown of this nature since the early days of the pandemic.

Canberrans are being asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons with hospitality venues only be able to operate takeaway services. Mandatory mask wearing will also be reintroduced in the ACT.