Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for the Australian Capital Territory or Canberra. 


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The ACT lockdown

Released 15/09/2021

The Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Governments have worked together to expand the COVID-19 Business Support Grants and agree to an additional COVID-19 Tourism, Accommodation Provider, Arts and Events and Hospitality Grant.

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The two Governments had already agreed to jointly fund ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grants which is delivering support in the form of one-off grants of up to $20,000 for employing businesses and $7,500 for non-employing businesses where those businesses' turnover has declined by 30 per cent or more as a result of the COVID-19 health restrictions.

As part of this extension, there will be an additional ACT COVID-19 Business Grant Extension payment of $10,000 for all employing businesses and $3,750 for non-employing businesses, it will be paid to all businesses who were eligible for the COVID-19 Business Support Grant in industries still significantly impacted by the health restrictions.

Additional one-off top-up payments will also be made for larger businesses. For more information visit Further supports for ACT Businesses.


The ACT lockdown has been extended for another four weeks until 11:59pm on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Mandatory Mask wearing will continue in the ACT. Face masks must be carried at all times and worn by everyone aged over 12 years outside the home.

You can leave your home for the following reasons

The six essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown are:

  • to buy essential groceries and medicine
  • to access essential healthcare including in-home care
  • for essential work
  • to exercise outdoors for one hour per day in your region 
  • to get a COVID-19 test
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccinated.

You are asked to stay within your local area.

General retail will be closed. Hospitality venues will be able to operate on takeaway services only.

If you can work from home, you must work from home.

Link to ACT Government.

Online Schooling will continue for the rest of Term 3. Announcements for Term 4 will be made in week 1 of the school holidays. 

NEW! Announcements from 31 August.

The ACT lockdown has been extended for another four weeks until 11:59pm on Friday, October 15, 2021.

There will be some amendments to restrictions, including for lower- risk outdoor activities.

These amendments will came into effect from 5:00 pm Thursday (2 September), and include:

  • one household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for exercise or non-organised recreation.
  • outdoor playgrounds will reopen where people can maintain physical distancing. Enclosed playgrounds will need to apply the one person per four square metre rule.
  • the number of people able to attend a funeral increased to no more than 20 people (excluding the people necessary to conduct the funeral).
  • the number of people able to attend a wedding increased to no more than 10 attendees (excluding the celebrant, but including persons being married and two witnesses).
  • other religious ceremonies which are time critical are permitted to go ahead with no more than 10 people (excluding those conducting the service).
  • the recommencement of services that operate outdoors and where physical distancing can be maintained, such as outdoor maintenance and gardening and dog grooming services.
  • 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.

There will also be a staged reopening of the construction sector under stringent COVID safe requirements from Friday 3 September 2021. Source Lockdown in the ACT. 

NEW! Vaccine Age Modified & New Mass Vaccination Clinic

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine bookings open for people aged 16-29

People aged between 16-29 years can now book to get their Pfizer Vaccination at an ACT Government COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic or at a participating GP.

New COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at AIS Arena

There will be a new Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic opening at the AIS Arena on Friday 3 September. 

Closure of old Mass Vaccination Clinic at Garran

The COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Garran will close end of the day on Thursday 2 September. If you have an existing appointment at the Garran COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic, you do not need to change anything. The existing appointments at the Garran Clinic (scheduled for on or after Friday 3 September) has been moved to the AIS Arena Clinic.


If you are required to Quarantine 

Quarantine separates a person who may have been exposed to COVID-19 from the rest of the community.

This is to protect the community while waiting to see if the person has COVID-19.

Quarantine is used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 from one person to another.

Quarantine means that you must stay at home or in your hotel room.

You cannot go to work, school, or public areas, such as shops, cafes, or restaurants.

You must tell people not to visit you while you are in quarantine.

Quarantine Requirements are outlines on the ACT Government COVID page.

Testing Clinics

Link to Map of testing clinic locations in the ACT.


Business and community restrictions

Social Gatherings, Leaving Home and Visitors

Stay at home unless:

  • To undertake essential work or study, if they cannot work or study from home or remotely.
    • Employers must allow an employee to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.
  • To access childcare or school including schools, early childhood education and care and out of school hours care, to the extent that care cannot reasonably be obtained in the person’s residence (ie. parents or carers who cannot work from home).
  • Updated: To shop for essentials like groceries, medicine, and supplies that are essential for personal needs or for vulnerable people within your region. Individuals should not cross the ACT/NSW border to shop unless food, goods or services are not reasonably available locally (with no more than two members of the household to shop – see section on leaving home).
  • To attend to medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable.
  • To visit a terminally ill relative.
  • To attend a facility to obtain a COVID-19 test
  • To attend a facility to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, where the individual is eligible for a vaccination in the ACT, an appointment has been booked, and the individual is not in isolation or in quarantine.
  • To exercise outdoors limited to one hour per day, with one other person (excluding any dependent children), or more than two people only if all from the same household. Individuals should remain within their regions (eg, Belconnen, Gungahlin, Tuggeranong) and minimise travel wherever possible.
  • For essential animal welfare purposes (e.g. to feed pets or livestock that live elsewhere where there is no one on site to feed them).
  • To access care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, family violence, age,   infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition or other essential support services.
  • Continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children (child access)
  • Updated: Attend a funeral, wedding or another time critical religious ceremony (in accordance with conditions for places of worship, funerals and weddings).
  • To attend a facility to donate blood.
  • Attend a funeral or a wedding (in accordance with conditions for funerals and weddings).
  • To provide assistance, care or support to another person who is not ordinarily a member of the same household;
  • To return to your principal place of residence.
  • Move to a new place of residence or between different places of residence (either within the ACT or in another jurisdiction).
    • Note: If leaving the ACT you must ensure you comply with another jurisdiction’s travel requirements prior to entering.
  • Fulfill or undertake any legal obligations (eg to attend any court or tribunal of Australia).
  • To assist with or participate in an investigation or other action by a law enforcement authority, whether voluntarily or not.
  • To comply with or give effect to the exercise of a power or function of a government agency or entity under a law.
  • To access another essential service as permitted by the Public Health Direction (eg essential and time-critical consular and diplomatic services)
  • For law enforcement or emergency purposes.
  • Updated: To access another essential service or for any other reason that is permitted by the Public Health Emergency Direction. For example, to collect goods purchased through a click and collect service, services supplied through a contactless manner including to attend waste management and resource recovery services

Leaving Home:  

  • A person who leaves their home for a permitted purpose may be accompanied by:
    • no more than two members of their household; or
    • no more than 1 person who is not a member of their household.
  • However, a parent or guardian can leave with more than one child in the same household if the child would otherwise be left unattended, and it would be unsafe for the child to be left alone.
    • A person can be accompanied by more than one person if:
    • the person requires physical assistance to leave their residence, or it is reasonably necessary for the safety of the person or the public
    • the other person is a carer or support worker for the person;
    • there is no other reasonable way for the approved reason to be achieved.

Face Coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • All individuals aged over 12 years must wear a mask at all times upon leaving home, including in workplaces.
  • Exemptions to these requirements would include:
    • If the person has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
    • If the person is consuming food, drink or medicine
    • If the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication
    • Due to the nature of a person’s essential work
    • Because of an emergency

Note: A face covering means a mask or other covering that fits securely around the face and covers the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.  A scarf or bandana is not a face mask.

Private Gatherings at Home:

  • No more than two people permitted to visit another household, but only for the approved reasons outlined above under stay at home or for compassionate purposes.
  • Intimate partner visits are allowed. People who live alone can identify one other household that they can visit or receive visits from.

Public Gatherings:

  • Outdoors - Not permitted. Two people for exercise, or more than two people only if all from the same household.
  • Organised   Gatherings – Not permitted, regardless of whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Mass   Gatherings and Events –  Not permitted.  Any event that has been previously planned during the lockdown period will not be permitted to go ahead.

Work:

  • If you can work from home, you must work from home.
  • Essential Workers and workplaces are defined under the essential providers list.


Education and Childcare

Early childhood education and care (eg childcare, family day care, early learning centres) and out of school hours care (eg vacation care, before and after school care):

  • Permitted to remain open for staff, vulnerable children and the children whose parents or carers cannot work from home.

Updated: Schools:

  • Schools will continue with remote learning for the remainder of Term 3 (until 17 September 2021).
  • Further information will be provided by end of week 1 of the school holidays.
  • Schools will continue to be open for school-based staff, vulnerable children and where care cannot reasonably be obtained in the child’s residence (ie. parents or carers who cannot undertake essential work from home).
  • For essential activities that must be undertaken under supervision (eg Year 12 critical examinations).

Higher Education and Training

Closed. Remote learning only.


Public Transport

Busses and Light Rail:

  • Operating

Taxi's, Hire Care and Ride Share Services

  • Operating

Hospitality and Licensed Venues


Cafes, Restaurants and Food Courts

Hospitality and Licensed Venues

  • Closed except for takeaway.
  • A café at a hospital, residential aged care facility, correctional centre, or one that provides food or drink to those experiencing homelessness are permitted to remain open.
  • School canteens are permitted to remain open.

Licensed Venues and Night Clubs

  • Closed except for takeaway.
  • Nightclubs closed, but can trade as an off licence venue.

New: Closed Work Premises of Businesses

Up to two persons are permitted to enter a closed work premises or business for the following reasons:

  • For essential maintenance work or other work undertaken for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the premises;
  • As required or authorised by law
  • For emergency purposes (eg to operate critical systems such as alarms, monitoring, cold storage and utilities)
  • To accept deliveries that cannot reasonably be delayed or diverted to a person’s residential premises
  • To provide an urgent and essential services for the administration of the business or undertaking which cannot be undertaken at home (eg, administering a payroll system which cannot be operated from a person’s residence)

For any other purpose that is permitted by the Direction.


Retail

Advice to Business and Patrons:

  • The businesses outlined below can remain open.
  • Essential Retail/Businesses should provide click and collect arrangements wherever possible.
  • Shoppers must buy what they need and then leave – no browsing.
  • Density of one person per four square metres applies.


Essential Retail/Business

  • a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only to obtain groceries or fresh food
  • a bottleshop
  • a bank or financial institution
  • a post office
  • a newsagent
  • a pharmacy
  • a petrol station (including a petrol station that sells groceries)
  • vehicle and mechanical repair services
  • hardware, building supplies
  • agricultural and rural supplies
  • laundry and dry cleaners
  • g or activity which:
    • Sells goods and supplies services; and
      • a pet store
      • a locksmith

      Updated: Small Businesses –  Permitted to Operate through Click and Collect Services or otherwise provide goods or services by contactless means.

      • Businesses can permit no more than two people who work at the small business to be present at the premises at any one time
      • A small business is defined as a business, undertakin
    • As at 12 August 2021, had 20 or fewer full time equivalent employees working for the business, including the person who owns, operates or controls the business, undertaking or activity.
      • Part time and regular casual employees are taken into account as a fraction of a full time equivalent.

Other Retail (General Retail)

  • Closed.


Religious gatherings and ceremonies
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Places of Worship

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

  • No in person gatherings permitted.
  • Live Streaming or broadcast or a service is permitted, with only the person(s) conducting the service, camera operator(s) and a translator permitted.

Updated: Other Time Critical Religious Ceremonies

  • No more than 10 attendees (excluding those conducting the services).

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor):

  • Updated: No more than 20 people (excludes persons necessary to conduct the funeral).

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor):

 

  • Updated: No more than 10 attendees (excluding the celebrant, but includes persons being married and two witnesses).
  • Any formal legal requirements that are required to be completed prior to a wedding ceremony are permitted to take place, noting that if a document is required to be witnessed in person, this is permitted.



Fitness and Sport

Gyms, Health Clubs, Fitness Centres or Wellness Centres

  •  Closed.

Personal Training/Bootcamps:

  • Not permitted, regardless of whether the activity is being undertaken indoors or outdoors

 Community Sport and Organised Sporting Activities (including Training Activities)

  • Not permitted, regardless of whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Training not permitted.

Swimming Pools

  • Closed, except for hydrotherapy pools.

Venues hosting professional sporting competitions

  • Open, with essential staff attending to ensure the safe running of the event.
  • No spectators.

Dance Classes

  • Closed.

Outdoor physical recreation and campgrounds

Campgrounds, Caravan Parks and Camp Sites: 

  • Closed

Updated: Outdoor playgrounds, Fitness Stations and Dog Parks:

  • Permitted to open.
  • Attendees should maintain physical distancing wherever possible
  • Check in wherever QR Codes are available.

Nature Reserves


Community Facilities

Community Centre, Facility or Youth Centre

  • Closed, unless hosting essential public support services

Libraries

  •  Closed


Play Centres, Arcades or Amusement centres

 Indoor or Outdoor Play Centres

  • Closed.

Indoor or Outdoor Arcades or Amusement Centres

  • Closed.


Cultural Facilities, Attractions and Cultural Activities

Galleries, Museums, National Cultural Institutions and Historic Sites

  • Closed to the public.
  • Essential staff may continue to attend work

Outdoor Attractions (Zoos and Attractions)

  • Closed.
  • Essential staff may continue to attend work.

Choirs, Bands and Orchestras

  • Not permitted. 

Performance Venues, Conference Venues and Cinemas

Theatres

  • Closed.  Any event that has been previously organised will not be permitted to go ahead

Concert Venues, Auditoriums and Performance Halls

  • Closed.  Any event that has been previously organised will not be permitted to go ahead.

Dance, Music and Concert Halls

  • Closed.

Cinemas and Movie Theatres (including open-air drive-in cinemas)

  • Closed.

Conference and Convention Venues

  • Closed.  Any event that has been previously organised will not be permitted to go ahead.

 

Hairdressing, beauty and personal services

Hairdressing and Barbers

  • Closed

Beauty Therapy, Day Spas, Nail Salons, Waxing Salons, Tanning Salons, Steam Rooms and Spas, Massage Parlours

  • Closed.
  • Remedial massage services are regarded as Allied Health Services which can remain open

Tattoo Parlours and Body Modification Studios

  • Closed.

Strip Clubs, Brothels, Escort Agencies

  • Closed.

 


Gaming and gambling venues

Casinos, Clubs, Gambling Venues and Betting Agencies

  • Closed.
  • Venues with hospitality facilities can offer takeaway.


Real Estate Services and Auction Houses

House Inspections:

  • Updated: Real Estate:

    • In person house inspections not permitted. Online inspections are permitted
    • Can operate
      • to permit one person at any one time to conduct any property inspections required by law for the sale of a property to proceed; or
      • to allow one person at any one time to photograph or film a property, where there are no other persons present.

Auctions

  • Closed. Online auctions are permitted.

Auction Houses

  • Closed

 


Accommodation

  • No new ‘recreational’ bookings to be taken during the defined lockdown period.  Bookings may be accepted for:
    • a person avoiding or escaping an emergency
    • a person who is an essential worker
    • a person requiring any other form of emergency accommodation
  • Individuals staying in temporary accommodation in the ACT, including short term or holiday accommodation, may stay at the accommodation until the booking expires and may extend their booking to remain in place, should the accommodation provider remain open. When bookings expire, travellers may leave the accommodation to return to their place of residence, or other accommodation.  Whilst staying in the ACT, travellers must comply with all public health directions.


Tours and transport

 Tourism-related facilities and activities

  • Closed

Tour transport:

  • Closed

Residential Aged Care Facilities

Visitor Restrictions:

  • No visitors permitted into aged care or other residential facility settings, except for end of life or other compassionate reasons, as approved by the Facility.
  • Essential workers permitted on premises.
  • Non-essential contractors are not permitted to enter.

Hospital Visitors

Visitor Restrictions:

  • No visitors permitted into health care settings, except for:
    • volunteer or paid carers to support the delivery of a health service to another person,
    • for end of life reasons,
    • as a support partner for birth,
    • a parent to accompany a child,
    • other compassionate reasons,
    • for the purposes of performing essential work on or at the premises.
  • Must be approved by the Health Facility.
  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry.


Consular and Diplomatic Services

Service Restrictions

  • Only essential and time critical services to be offered.


Construction Sector - information for industry

Updated: Service Restrictions

  • The following construction activities are permitted, subject to strict adherence to the ‘Construction Requirements’ available below:
    • All ACT Government and Commonwealth Government construction projects
    • Large Scale construction projects if they are:
      • Permitted (as per DA Approval) to be at completion four or more storeys high (excluding the basement); or
      • Larger than 1,500m2 Gross Floor Area (inclusive of all floors).
    • Civil construction activities for the construction of public roads and the subdivision of new suburbs.
    • All other urgent repair, maintenance and essential infrastructure activities permitted elsewhere in these Restrictions.
    • Activities to keep construction sites safe and secure during the lockdown.
    • Manufacturing, fabrication, testing, assembly, professional, regulatory, off – site administrative and equipment supply activities necessary to facilitate permitted construction activities.

Important information

  • All other construction activities are not permitted.
  • All permitted construction activity must be undertaken in accordance with the Construction Requirements document. This document has been endorsed by the ACT Government and Chief Health Officer and forms part of these Restrictions.
  • Please note the updates to the document made as of 7 September 2021 in relation to site plans (Section 3.5.8), and use of the Check in CBR app (Section 3.1) and 8 September 2021 in relation to close and casual contacts (3.2.4) and Residential Construction (3.9).
  • ACT residents are permitted to travel to the surrounding NSW border region 'standing exemption' where work is approved to proceed under NSW Public Health Orders. All conditions of the standing exemption must be strictly adhered to.

ACT Building and Construction Industry COVID-19 Requirements (8 September 2021)

Other construction activities will be permitted to commence from Friday 10 September 2021 subject to the conditions outlined in the Construction Requirements document.

Employers who require their staff to attend a worksite as part of a permitted activity must issue a permit to their employees. This is the employer’s responsibility.

Authorised workers are required to carry their permit (electronically or printed) when working and when travelling for work.

It must be produced to WorkSafe ACT, ACT Health officials, Access Canberra Representatives and ACT Policing upon request.

Construction Industry Worker Permit

Please note this applies to industry. Community members can continue to do their own home maintenance projects while adhering to the public health directions.

Construction Industry Worker Permit

Please note this applies to industry. Community members can continue to do their own home maintenance projects while adhering to the public health directions.


Essential providers include:

Retail

Essential Retail

  • a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only to obtain groceries or fresh food
  • a bottleshop
  • a bank or financial institution
  • a post office
  • a news agent
  • a pharmacy
  • a petrol station (including a petrol   station that sells   groceries)
  • vehicle and mechanical repair services
  • hardware, building supplies
  • agricultural and rural supplies
  • laundry and dry cleaners
  • a pet store
  • a locksmith
  • shops that predominately carry out repairs of mobile phones.
  • Shopping precincts stores (but only for essential retail purposes outlined above).

Hospitality

  • a restaurant, café, pub, bar, whether licensed or unlicensed, but only to the extent that:
    • it provides takeaway meals or drinks   or a meal delivery service; or
    • it provides food or drink to the homeless
  • A   café at a hospital, residential aged care facility, correctional centre,
  • or one that provides food or drink to those experiencing homelessness.
  • School canteens.

Services:

  • essential government services
  • crisis support for individuals, children and families
  • disability support services (whether in home or out of home)
  • correctional centres, detention places or other places of custody
  • court, tribunal or commission services
  • essential and time critical consular and diplomatic services
  • a veterinary clinic
  • urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person or animal
  • essential child protection activities
  • a childcare or school, including early childhood education and care and out of school hours care
  • a primary or secondary school or college
  • a boarding school
  • removalist services, for essential removals which cannot be reasonably delayed
  • services connected with animal health, husbandry or welfare (including RSPCA)
  • commercial cleaners
  • urgent repair and maintenance services, including for example plumbing, electrical and heating repair.
  • Media and journalist
  • Waste Management and Resource recovery services. This includes domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services and transfer stations); and commercial operators that provide waste management services (including trash pack operation), where services can be operated in a contactless manner.
  • Commercial and domestic cleaning services can operate:
    • To a business that is deemed essential or a non essential business that is permitted to operate within the Direction;
    • To provide cleaning services to shared spaces of multi-residential dwellings;
    • To provide cleaning services at a residential premises where no person is living in the property (eg the property is vacant), and the service is urgent or time critical (eg, an end of lease clean).
    • To provide cleaning services at a residential premise for a vulnerable person
  • Trade union representatives, only when providing representation to a person who is performing essential work.
  • Updated: Services that operate solely outdoors, and where physical distancing can be maintained at all times.  Solo work should take place wherever possible, unless additional workers are required for safety reasons. This could include (but is not limited to):
    • Outdoor maintenance, cleaning, gardening where this is being undertaken at a residential premise and there is no contact between residents and workers.
    • Mobile dog grooming services.
    • But does not include residential construction.
  • Updated: Services to support ongoing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintenance.

Essential Workers include:

Workers:

A person who is:

  • working for an essential provider or business that is permitted to operate
  • Updated: working for a non essential provider or business that is permitted to operate in a limited way, as per the Public Health Direction.
  • critical to, and involved in, the ACT’s COVID-19 response
  • a fly in fly out worker or a drive in drive out worker who is required for industry or business continuity and maintenance where the service is time-critical, who is responsible for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to the ACT
  • a transport, freight or logistics driver
  • employed as flight crew
  • a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly or the person on the staff of such a member
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, or the person on the staff of such a member
  • anyone required to ensure the functioning of the ACT Legislative Assembly or the Commonwealth Parliament
  • Federal, State or Local Government worker determined to be essential by the relevant Head of the Government Agency
    • Updated: Workers who support ongoing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintenance.
    • Updated: Justices of the Peace, Notary Public, only when services are urgently required.

Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of:

  • essential health services
  • funerary or mortuary services or related activities
  • emergency services, including:
    • the State Emergency Services
    • fire fighting services
    • paramedical services
    • ambulance services
    • air ambulance and medical retrieval services
    • police services or protective services officers stationed on border duties or otherwise engaged in policing duties
    • military and defence services deployed for activities in the ACT
    • state security or national security
  • a wedding or a funeral
  • specialist services at telecommunications stores to support telecommunications as a critical service

Any person who provides or works in the following:

  • essential infrastructure and essential services required to maintain or protect the safety, health or welfare of the community or a section of the community (whether provided by a public or private undertaking), includes construction, maintenance and repair of such infrastructure.
  • organisations that provide urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person or animal (for example, food banks, domestic and family violence services, RSPCA).
  • urgent repair and maintenance services, including plumbing, electrical and heating repair.
  • roadside assistance services.
  • domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services).
  • Updated: journalist and media services for news and other critical public communications purposes.
  • services related to the administration of justice.
  • essential legal services that are not able to be provided electronically.
  • a factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment, but only those operations that are necessary to  prevent that damage or loss.
  • veterinarians and any staff to ensure the safe functioning of a veterinary clinic, including home visits where there is a genuine animal welfare issue.
  • public transport, including taxis, rideshare services and other public passenger services.
  • air transport, including the operation of airports.
  • freight services, including postal and courier services.
  • furniture removalists, but only where moves cannot be reasonably delayed.
  • essential security services
  • a blood bank.
  • care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition.
  • production and distribution of:
    • food and groceries for sale by a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store,   market or fishmonger (including for sale by operators of such premises at an indoor   or outdoor market)
    • liquor for sale at a bottle shop
    • medical and pharmaceutical products.
  • primary industries only to the extent necessary to ensure adequate supply of food to, and care of, animals and maintenance of crops.
  • a hotel, motel or other accommodation facility to the extent that they provide accommodation services in accordance with approved reasons.
  • manufacturing, fabrication or assembly of goods and materials necessary for or related to supporting defence or security industries.
  • Maintenance of essential research activities.

Providers:
Essential Health Providers to undertake necessary healthcare services

Providers

  • telehealth or other virtual care options should be considered wherever possible and where clinically appropriate.
  • any health services provided in a hospital or in a community health facility, including immunisation and vaccination services.
  • emergency and licensed non-emergency patient transport.
  • an appointment at an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Service.
  • any health services provided by a general practitioner.
  • any health services provided by nursing professionals or midwives.
  • any health services provided at a hospital radiology service (other than routine screening services).
  • any dental services provided to patients with urgent needs, or where failure to provide care in a clinically appropriate timeframe will lead to adverse outcomes.
  • Updated: the following allied health services:
    • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as essential workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care;
    • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice or community services;
    • Chinese medicine practitioners
    • Myotherapists
    • Remedial massage services, undertaken by qualified therapists and where the therapy is part of the care plan, are regarded as Allied Health Services which can remain open
  • the following mental health services:
    • the hospital emergency or inpatient psychiatric services;
    • allied health professionals providing mental health services in hospital;
    • private consultant psychiatry practice;
    • allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings.
  • procedures to complete:
    • any cycle of IVF treatment that a patient has commenced before the commencement of the public health direction; or
    • any procedure required for the preservation of eggs for future IVF where required health treatment will render eggs non-viable.
  • termination of pregnancy.
  • drug and alcohol services.
  • the conduct of human medical research trials.
  • Updated: Students who are providing essential care services in hospitals, residential care facilities or community health facilities.


Professional sport

Providers:

  • Professional athletes.
  • Individuals who are required to attend a venue to ensure the safe running of a professional-sporting event.
  • No spectators permitted into the event venue.

 

Check-In CBR

With the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolving across the country, the ACT Government is taking extra steps to support contact tracing in the Territory.

The Check-In CBR app is now mandatory in all retail settings, public transport and taxi and rideshare, in the same way, it is already mandatory for restricted businesses. The time requirement of 15 minutes is being removed, which means you will need to check-in regardless of how long you are planning to stay on the premises.

This additional measure will ensure contact tracing teams have access to the best available data to quickly and effectively contact any individual who may have been exposed.

Retail settings include supermarkets, petrol stations, takeaway services, clothing stores and department stores.

Transport services include buses, light rail, taxis, Uber and other rideshare services.

Across the country, we are seeing the emergence of more transmissible variants of COVID-19. Widespread use of contact tracing apps has been critical for the rapid response to community transmission in other jurisdictions.

People aged 16 years and older must check-in upon entry,  regardless of how long you are planning on spending in a venue.

Check-In CBR app is currently being used by over 10,000 businesses and venues across the ACT. Since its launch, the app has been downloaded more than 815,000 times with 18.32 million check-ins.

If you don’t have a smartphone or are unable to download the app, a friend or relative that has the app on their phone can check you in as a guest.

You can also ask the business to check you in using the app’s business profile. This is just as safe as using the app on your own device.

If you are unable to check in on public transport, please ensure that you have a registered MyWay card.

Please note that drivers of buses and light rail vehicles are not able to check patrons in using the business profile function as they are required to be in control of their vehicle.  If you are unable to check in to a public transport vehicle, please ensure that you keep good records of the services you have used.


Travel restrictions

Entering the ACT

Rules and restrictions for entry to ACT apply when a COVID-19 area of concern notice identifies affected areas and places of concern.

Go to Entering the ACT - current restrictions to see the current list of and to apply for declaration and exemption forms. 

Entering the ACT from NSW.

Leaving the ACT

If you are travelling, please remember the situation can change quickly. It is your responsibility to follow all public health directions of the place you are travelling in.

If travelling to an area when it is COVID-19-affected you may require an exemption to gain re-entry to the ACT and be required to quarantine for up to 14 days upon your arrival.

Whenever you travel, you should monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days, get tested with even mild symptoms and keep checking for updates about where you have been.

Find out more here: Leaving the ACT - current restrictions


More information

Need to talk to someone about this?

If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 please call the Disability Gateway - 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday 8 am - 8 pm. 


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