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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2572 ..

transmission of the virus. Wearing a mask also remains a requirement for anyone aged 12 years and over upon leaving home, with exemptions permitted for those who are unable to do so due to health or other specific reasons.

In closing, the Acting Chief Health Officer provided the latest situational report to me on the status of the public health emergency due to COVID-19 in the ACT dated 8 September, which I will table. I will also table the Chief Health Officer’s report dated 17 August. The September report outlined the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and across Australia, including the operational activity that has been undertaken in response to the outbreak and the associated COVID-19 compliance authorities. The Acting Chief Health Officer recommended that the public health emergency declaration remain in place at this time as we deal with the current outbreak and continuing risks.

The current situation in the ACT is a significant challenge for all of us. We know that lockdown is incredibly tough for many people, but I am proud of the way our community has responded despite the difficult circumstances. It remains vital that we continue to follow the public health directions to minimise the risk of transmission within the ACT and support the ongoing public health response.

We are moving at a rapid rate towards the vaccination targets set out in the national plan to transition Australia’s national COVID-19 response, as agreed by National Cabinet. To the entire community, thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I present the following papers:

Status of the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19—Chief Health Officer—

Report 17—9 August 2021, dated 16 September 2021.

Report 18—8 September 2021, dated 16 September 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—ACT Government response—Ministerial statement, 16 September 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Financial Management Amendment Bill 2021

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

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