Public Health Emergency Declaration extended

The Public Health Emergency Declaration has been extended until 11.59pm on 30 September 2022 to allow the Chief Health Officer to continue to take all necessary actions to reduce the threats to public health from COVID-19. This reflects the fact that the current epidemiological situation remains uncertain.

“While there is some positive news that new cases are now averaging less than 1000 per day, this level of community transmission still poses a risk to community members, particularly those who are more at risk of severe outcomes, including older Canberrans and people with underlying health conditions,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.

“I’d like to thank Canberra businesses, workers and the community for their ongoing support over the winter months as the health care system dealt with COVID, influenza and other respiratory illnesses in the community.

“It is still important for Canberrans to continue practising COVID Smart behaviours to help minimise the impact of COVID-19 in the community.

“This includes getting tested and staying home when you are sick, being up to date with your vaccinations, wearing a mask indoors where you can’t physically distance, and maintaining good hand hygiene. For people at higher risk of poor outcomes, we’d also encourage them to have a discussion with their health care provider about eligibility for COVID-19 treatments so they are well prepared if they get COVID-19.

“The Chief Health Officer’s most recent monthly report to me recommended a 60-day extension of the Public Health Emergency Declaration from 11 August. However, I am confident that we will be in a strong position to step down to a COVID-19 Management Declaration Framework once we move out of the current uncertain winter period.”

The extension provides certainty for our community in maintaining current arrangements under the Public Health Emergency Declaration until 30 September 2022. Further information is available on the ACT COVID-19 website at www.covid19.act.gov.au.

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