10-12 - Update from the COVID Response Office

12 October 2020

COVID-19 update

Monday 12 October
Information current as at 6pm, Sunday 11 October

We value your feedback, suggestions and questions and they can be sent to us via email: COVIDResponseOffice@anu.edu.au.

Reminders

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT

  • Stage 3, Step 3.2 of Canberra's Recovery Plan came into effect on Friday 9 October 2020. Find out more about the proposed changes on the Changes to Restrictions page. Step 3.2 includes an increase in gatherings.
  • The University has updated the Functions on Campus Protocol to align with the Step 3.2 restrictions.
  • The easing of restrictions provides more freedom, but it doesn't mean that we're back to normal.
  • Follow the instructions of ANU staff regarding COVID-Safe guidelines

Continue to practice COVID Safe behaviour
When on campus, you have responsibilities to others. As outlined in our University Guidelines, you must:

  1. Wash your hands regularly, especially after touching communal surfaces  
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth  
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or cough into your elbow 
  4. Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from other people  

Current status

COVIDSafe Campus Alert - LOW

Current level of ANU Alert System

Our current level is "low" with no or low community transmissions in the ACT.

Canberra Recovery Plan Stage 3, Step 3.2

Current stage of Canberra's Recovery Plan

  • Stage 3, Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect on Friday 9 October 2020. Step 3.2 includes an increase in gatherings.
  • Find out more about the proposed changes on the Changes to Restrictions page.

Current situation in Australia

For more information on the current situation and latest case numbers in Australia, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers.

Borders

1. ACT Health are asking Canberrans to reconsider the need for any unnecessary travel to COVID-affected areas of NSW and to Victoria.

2. The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will look to easing border restrictions with low risk Australian jurisdictions from 26 October 2020.

3. People who have recently been in Victoria and COVID-affected areas of NSW should not visit or work in high risk settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, and correctional facilities for 14 days after leaving these areas.

4. ACT residents can return home from Victoria by air but are required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria. ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return. Non-residents will be denied entry into the ACT unless they are granted an exemption by ACT Health. 

5. Persons who have not visited an identified area of restriction or an area of concern in Victoria within the previous 14 days prior to travel may not need to quarantine upon their arrival to the ACT.  

* The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the situation can change rapidly. Before considering any travel, it is important that you are up to date with the latest advice. *

ACT residents returning from hotspots

As per ACT Health’s advice, people entering the ACT from Victoria will be required to quarantine for a period 14 days after leaving the state. Those who have visited Greater Sydney and COVID-affected areas of Queensland should not visit or work in high risk settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, and correctional facilities for 14 days after leaving these areas. 

For more information on advice for high-risk settings, please read the Chief Health Officer alerts (Information for health professionals in the ACT).

Updates from the COVID Response Office

Other News

Emerging/ongoing issues

  • Planning for ANU Summer Festival - Summer Break engagement activities over the summer break for students unable to return home
  • Planning for S1 2020 model
  • Work continues to implement the Check In CBR app for contact tracing on campus
  • Review COVID-19 compliance framework for Halls of Residence
  • Email update to all students - Pilot program and COVID safe travel, graduations, S1 2021, Stage 2 of the ANU Recovery

Information updated on the web