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ACT follows NSW and Victoria with ‘comprehensive shutdown’

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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced the ACT will proceed with a “comprehensive shutdown” of non-essential services over the next 48-hours.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced the ACT will proceed with a "comprehensive shutdown" of non-essential services over the next 48-hours.

In a statement this evening Mr Barr said he believes "this decision is in the best interest of Canberrans, and will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community."

"Despite measures in place to discourage social interaction, there are still too many instances where people are exposing themselves to contracting the virus, which is leading to an unsustainable increase in confirmed cases across the country."

ACT Schools will transition to an "alternate distance education program" from Tuesday, with face-to-face class programs "for those students who need it".

Services like supermarkets, chemists, banks, post offices, petrol stations and convenience stores are expected to remain open, but Mr Barr said what the ACT Government defines as "essential services" will be more comprehensively defined following reviews over the coming days.

"We must also face the reality that, as a Territory within NSW, it would be impossible for the ACT to have different arrangements than those in our surrounding region."

Mr Barr said he would make a further statement following a meeting of the National Cabinet this evening.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-covid-19-act-follows-nsw-victoria-shutting-down-non-essential-services/b12c8edd-8751-4e1f-b1e0-5f6820203949

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