Canberrans need to maintain social distancing despite the changes.
08 May 2020
The ACT Government will ease COVID-19 restrictions but are cautioning Canberrans to maintain physical distancing despite the changes.
Easing of restrictions, which will be rolled out over the next month, will further support families and our economy.
The key changes, which begin at midnight tonight (Friday, May 8), are:
- All indoor and outdoor gatherings can have a maximum of 10 people (including children).
- This includes gatherings at a person’s home, which can be a maximum of 10 people (with exceptions where two households coming together results in a gathering of more than 10 people).
- Weddings can now have up to 10 people attend, excluding those conducting the ceremony.
- Indoor funerals can have up to 20 people attend, excluding those conducting the service, OR outdoor funerals can have up to 30 people attend, excluding those conducting the service.
- Religious ceremonies and places of worship can have up to 10 people attend, excluding those conducting the service.
- Outdoor boot camps and personal fitness training can be held with a maximum of 10 people, excluding the trainer. There is to be no sharing of equipment.
- Real estate open houses and auctions can proceed with a maximum of 10 people, excluding necessary real estate personnel.
- Public schools will return to on-campus learning in stages over the coming four weeks from Monday 18 May (week three of term 2) to Tuesday 2 June (week 6 of term 2).
The ACT community has worked together to stop the spread of COVID-19.
However, the pandemic is ongoing and until there is a vaccine there will be risk of an outbreak.
As these restrictions are eased, you must still maintain good hand hygiene, keep 1.5 metres apart, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
These behaviours are everyone’s responsibility, so we can keep ourselves, our families, and our community safe.
If we can maintain these behaviours, gradual easing of restrictions will continue.
Any further easing of restrictions will happen in a careful and considered way to prevent outbreaks.
Please note this content was published on 8 May 2020 and COVID-19 restrictions may have now changed. Stay up to date with the latest guidance at covid19.act.gov.au