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Australia Canberrans who had been stuck at the NSW-Victorian border begin to return home to the ACT

09:26  13 august  2020
09:26  13 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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a car parked in a parking lot: Canberrans were checked for permits and reminded to self-isolate as they arrived in the Hall. (ABC News: Isaac Nowroozi) © Provided by ABC Health Canberrans were checked for permits and reminded to self-isolate as they arrived in the Hall. (ABC News: Isaac Nowroozi)

The first returnees who had been stuck in Victoria waiting NSW Government approval to travel home to Canberra have begun to trickle in.

About 100 Canberrans have been stranded at the NSW-Victoria border since Friday after strict coronavirus restrictions stopped them driving home through NSW.

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The ACT has now recorded 112 cases of the respiratory illness, which has killed three Canberrans . Dr Coleman said 168 people had recently returned to the ACT from Victoria and were currently in The proposal had been cleared by the ACT Government and was put to the National Cabinet

Melbourne’ s Covid-19 spike has prompted the ‘unprecedented’ move to stop people coming into NSW from Victoria . We look at the details, from how to get a People who can apply for a permit are : NSW residents returning home ; people who live in cross- border communities; a member or parliament or

The sudden change in border rules caught many travellers off-guard, leaving some forced to sleep in their cars.

After six days of talks with the ACT Government, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard gave Canberra drivers stranded in Victoria a four-day window to make it home from the NSW border.

Under the rules, the drivers had to travel between 9:00am to 3:00pm, have sufficient fuel for the whole journey and have a valid permit to enter the ACT.

They were also only allowed one rest stop — in Gundagai.

Canberra resident Anne Cahill Lambert was one of about 25 Canberrans who made the trip today and stopped for a short break so she and her dog could stretch their legs.

"This has been a long saga, it has been like sitting in a departure lounge for a week, so we are tired," she said.

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ACT residents who have been waiting to get home from Victoria have been given a “brief Stranded Canberran Anne Cahill Lambert told The Project on Tuesday night her husband, who is The couple returned to the small Victorian town of Benalla with their dog Honey until a solution was reached.

stay home if you have any symptoms, even if they are only mild. There are new , active COVID-19 cases in Excluding Victoria , there are no restrictions in place for all other states on crossing the NSW The NSW Government will begin to charge international travellers for their hotel quarantine

She said the whole process has been a "waste of time and energy".

"When Victorian politicians are able to come through without all this palaver it is embarrassing that we're using all these resources that shouldn’t be used."

As Canberrans reached Hall, just over the ACT border, they were met by ACT police officers and health workers.

Detective Superintendent Mick Calatzis said the checkpoint allowed their permits to be checked and give a reminder that they would now have to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

"They're under respective public health orders," he said.

"ACT Health have also got some welcome packs as well and they'll be under quarantine and directed to go to their address."

The welcome packs include grocery items like bread, milk and fruit to get residents through until they can organise groceries to be delivered.

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