2 September 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the changes to the ACT's COVID-19 rules

| James Coleman
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Sign warning Canberrans about new mask requirements

COVID-19 road-side sign warning Canberrans about the mask requirements. Photo: Region Media.

The lockdown in the ACT has been extended until midnight on Friday, 17 September 2021. However, there will be some changes to the current COVID-19 restrictions, especially regarding lower risk outdoor activities. These changes will come into effect from 5:00 pm this afternoon (2 September).

Here’s the rundown of what you’ll be able to do and what you won’t, according to the latest advice from ACT Health.

One household of any size or up to five people from different households can gather outdoors for up to two hours of exercise or non-organised recreation. This includes walking, jogging, fishing, kicking a ball around, or having a picnic in the park.

Outdoor playgrounds, fitness stations and dog parks will also reopen.

Driving to these areas is allowed, although residents are encouraged to minimise travel and remain within their regions (Tuggeranong, Belconnen, Gungahlin, etc).

Woman walking her puppy

Canberrans are still able to leave home to care for pets. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

You can also leave your house to collect goods through approved click and collect services, or to dispose of waste at waste management and resource recovery services.

The number of people attending a funeral can increase to 20, excluding those required to conduct the funeral.

The number of people able to attend a wedding will increase to 10. This excludes the celebrant but includes the people being married and two witnesses.

Other time-critical religious ceremonies can go ahead with no more than 10 people, excluding those conducting the service.

ACT schools will continue with remote learning for the rest of Term 3. All ACT public schools and Early Childhood Education and Care services, including out-of-school-hours care, will remain open for children of parents and carers who cannot work from home and vulnerable children.

Services that operate outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained can recommence. This includes outdoor maintenance, gardening and dog grooming services.

Canberra Centre during lockdown

Retail shops are only allowed to operate through click and collect or click and deliver services. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Cleaning services can recommence for shared spaces in apartment complexes, for a vacant residential premise where the service is urgent or time-critical (such as an end-of-lease clean), or for the residential premise of a vulnerable person.

Pet, hardware and building, agricultural, rural and office supply stores are open but can only operate through click and collect or click and deliver.

There will be a staged reopening of the construction sector from Friday (3 September).

As always, carry a face mask with you at all times and be prepared to put it on whenever you’re around people outside members of your own household. Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres between you and others wherever practicable.

If you still have questions regarding the rules during the next two weeks of lockdown in the ACT, visit the ACT COVID-19 website, or call the COVID-19 helpline on 6207 7244 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm daily.

Canberrans are reminded not to call 000 unless it’s for an emergency.

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