COVID update - Tuesday 23 February 2021

23 February 2021

COVID-19 update

Tuesday 23 February

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  • Australia's COVID-19 vaccination program started yesterday. To ensure you don't miss out, make sure your Medicare details up to date. For more information, please visit the Department of Health's Learn about COVID-19 Vaccines page.
  • I encourage you to read my latest message to the ANU community, where I have unpacked the current COVID situation.

Current status at ANU

COVID-safe campus alert - LOW

Current level of ANU Alert System

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

Canberra's Recovery Plan

Canberra Recovery Plan - COVID-normal stage

From 9am on Saturday 20 February, the ACT started operating under a new set of COVID-normal restrictions. It is likely that these restrictions will remain unchanged for the next few months, subject to the COVID-19 situation remaining stable.

Key changes

  • Use of the 'Check In CBR' app will become mandatory for use for commercial business activities from Saturday 6 March 2021 and customers must use it to check in.
  • Large venues with forward facing and tiered seating (e.g. Llewellyn Hall) can have up to 75% capacity.
  • Patrons at venues can now stand while eating and drinking in indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Events between 501 and 1000 people must notify ACT Health; events over 1000 will require an exemption 

You can view the latest changes to restrictions on the ACT Health website, and we will be updating our guidelines and protocols to align with the COVID-normal restrictions.

Current situation in Australia

For more information, visit:

Figures for active local cases do not include overseas arrivals who are in hotel quarantine.

Domestic borders

Image: Australian state border restrictions

Closed – No borders
Strict – VIC to WA, SA, QLD
Mild – VIC to ACT, NSW, TAS
Go – All other borders

International travel and borders

  • Australia’s borders remain effectively closed to all but Australian citizens and permanent residents. All returning travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Australia.
  • On 21 February, quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia recommenced.


Updates on the University's management of COVID-19


  • On 19 February, we moved to the COVID-normal stage of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. Key changes are listed above.
  • The Victorian lockdown finished at midnight on 17 February. No further quarantine in the ACT is required. Staff in Victoria should follow the guidance of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) regarding ongoing restrictions. This includes the wearing of masks in all indoor spaces.
  • The Australian COVID-19 vaccination program began yesterday. 

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