The ACT has become a casualty to the COVID-19 situation unfolding in New South Wales after the Queensland Government announced it will shut the border to NSW and ACT residents from Saturday.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he was somewhat surprised by the announcement as there was no advanced notice provided from his Queensland counterparts.
“I understand their reasoning is some parts, is NSW residents from hotspot areas have been flying through Canberra airport,” Mr Barr said.
“I’m not sure there is evidence to support that but I’m happy to see it if is the case and we could endeavour to address that specific question.”
The ACT has had no new cases of COVID-19 for almost three weeks and has no active cases, but most jurisdictions are including the ACT in decisions made concerning NSW.
“This is our new reality. This is going to happen week in, week out, month in, month out and year in, year out,” Mr Barr said.
“The hotspots are going to move around states and territories, cities and towns for the forseeable future.
“We’ve got to change the way we live. That’s just a fact of life now.”