Lockdown in the ACT

The ACT is currently in lockdown and Canberrans are being asked to stay at home to assist in our response to positive cases of COVID-19 in the ACT.

The lockdown commenced at 5:00pm Thursday 12 August 2021 and will continue until Friday 15 October 2021.

These restrictions are to help slow the spread of the virus and allow contact tracers to do their work.

Essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown include:

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

For a full list of reasons you can leave home, see below.

We encourage all Canberrans to buy only what they need, maintain social distancing and be considerate.

Anyone aged 12 years and over must wear a mask at all times upon leaving home. For some people this is not possible. Full details on the face masks requirements page.

For all current restrictions please see below.

Business support

Find out more about the economic support for business.

Essential providers and businesses

Category

Lockdown Actions

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 (including family day care), 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.
    • Parents needing to leave home for essential purposes and requiring childcare are permitted to leave their children with family members. Children can be cared for by one identified household only.
  • To shop for essentials like groceries, medicine, and supplies that are essential for personal needs or for vulnerable people within your region (with no more than two members of the household to shop - see section on leaving home).
  • To obtain essential health care, including:
    • 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 attend a facility to donate blood.
  • To visit another household for compassionate reasons (in accordance with the household gathering restrictions):
    • To visit a terminally ill relative.
    • To provide assistance, care or support to another person who is not ordinarily a member of the same household.
  • One household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for physical or recreational activities.
  • 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)
  • Attend a funeral, wedding or another time critical religious ceremony (in accordance with conditions for places of worship, funerals and weddings).
  • To return to your principal place of residence or 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.
  • For law enforcement or emergency purposes.
  • 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 (for all permitted reasons except for physical and recreational activities)

  • 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
  • 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.

Leaving Home (for physical or recreational activities):

  • One household (any size) or up to 5 people can gather outdoors for up to 2 hours for physical or recreational activities.

Private Gatherings at Home:

  • No more than two people permitted to visit another household, but only for the approved reasons under stay at home or for compassionate purposes.
    • This does not relate to the provision for outdoor exercise or non-organised recreation.
  • Intimate partner visits are allowed.
  • People who live alone can identify one other household that they can visit or receive visits from, with all members of the other household permitted to visit or receive visits. This includes parents who live alone with their children.

Public Gatherings:

  • Organised Gatherings/Events – 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.

Face Coverings:

Face Coverings:

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • All individuals aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask at all times upon leaving home, including in workplaces.
    • Only children in years 7 to 12 are required to wear a face mask while at school.
  • A person is not required to wear a face mask if they have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
  • A person may remove their face mask in the following situations:
    • when consuming food, drink or medicine.
    • when communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
    • when at work and the nature of the work means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
    • If asked to remove a face mask to ascertain identity (eg if asked by a police officer).
    • When undertaking vigorous exercise outdoors.
    • When performing essential work in an outdoor space where no other people are present.
    • If a person is alone or only with members of the same household in an outdoor space when no other people are present.
    • When performing essential work in an indoor space, but only when:
      • in an office where no other people are present; OR
      • when sitting or standing at a workstation in an office; AND
      • 1.5 metres away from any other person.
    • As soon as a person is no longer alone or is moving, they must wear a face mask.
    • If they are in the process of getting married.
    • If alone in a vehicle or with other members of the same household only.
    • 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.

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.

Schools:

  • From 5 October 2021: Year 12 students can return to face to face learning (if health conditions allow)
  • From 18 October 2021: Year 11 students can return to face to face learning (if health conditions allow)
  • Other year levels will continue with remote learning. However, 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 critical examinations).

Higher Education and Training:

  • Closed. Remote learning only, except where essential instruction or learning activities cannot be adequately conducted remotely.

Apprentices and Trainees:

  • Permitted to undertake essential work in line with restrictions only.
  • The employer must maintain adequate training and supervision arrangements in the workplace. Formal training should be delivered online or deferred.

Public Transport

Buses and Light Rail:

  • Bus services operating to an interim timetable
  • Light rail services operating as normal
  • Bus services being used to assist Health as required

Taxis, Hire Car and Ride Share Services

  • Operating.

Hospitality and Licensed Venues

Cafes, Restaurants and Food Courts

  • 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.

Closed Work Premises or 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.
  • Essential Retail/Businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that patrons entering the business are entering for an essential purpose and are minimising their time in the business.
  • Shoppers must buy what they need and then leave – no browsing.
  • Density of one person per four square metres applies.

Essential Retail/Business

  • a business whose predominant purpose is a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only where its predominant purpose is to sell or supply groceries or fresh food.
  • a bottle shop
  • 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
  • laundry and dry cleaners
  • a locksmith
  • shops that carry out repairs of electronic devices must only operate for their repair functions. Normal retail operations are not permitted. Repairs should be arranged by appointment wherever possible.
  • shopping precincts (but only for essential retail purposes).

Essential Retail/Business – Permitted to Operate through Click and Collect Services Only

  • Hardware and building supplies;
  • Agricultural and rural supplies
  • Pet stores
  • Businesses that predominately sell essential office supplies
  • Trades Customers are permitted to enter a business which sells hardware and building supplies. For all other customers, businesses must only operate through click and collect or click and deliver services.
  • Businesses must only permit the minimum number of employees necessary to be present on site to fulfil services.
  • Businesses are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan by 3 September 2021.

Other Retail (General Retail)

  • Closed.

New - Small Businesses

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

  • The maximum number of people permitted to work in a small businesses is the lesser of:
    • One person per four square metres at the small business; or
    • no more than five people at the small business at any one time
  • A small business is defined as a business, undertaking or activity which:
    • Sells goods and supplies services; and
    • 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
  • Small Businesses must develop a COVID Safety Plan by no later than 24 September 2021. This must remain on site and be available for inspection by an authorised officer.

New - Motor Vehicle Dealers

  • Motor vehicle dealers can arrange for the collection or delivery of a vehicle which was purchased prior to 12 August 2021 by contactless means.
  • No more than two people who work at the dealership are permitted to be present at any one time.
  • The person collecting the vehicle (via contactless means) must spend the minimum amount of time at the dealership.
  • Vehicle and mechanical repair services can continue to operate, but motor vehicle dealers should minimise contact between sales staff and mechanical staff.

Updated - Places of Worship

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

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

Other Time Critical Religious Ceremonies

  • No more than 10 attendees (excluding those conducting the services).
    • NOTE: This does not include general services which would ordinarily be conducted and should be occurring by live streaming or broadcasting.

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor):

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

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor):

  • No more than 10 attendees (excluding the celebrant and one photographer, 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.

Updated - Fitness and Sport

Gyms, Health Clubs, Fitness Centres or Wellness Centres:

  • Closed.
  • May permit no more than two people at any one time who work at the non-essential business, activity or undertaking to attend the premises for the purposes of filming, live streaming, or broadcasting to patrons.

Personal Training/Bootcamps:

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

Organised Sporting Activities (including Face to Face Coaching and Training Activities)

  • Not permitted, regardless of whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Coaching and Training activities are permitted to the extent that they are undertaken remotely. For example a personal trainer may offer personal training services online.

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.
  • May permit no more than two people at any one time who work at the non-essential business, activity or undertaking to attend the premises for the purposes of filming, live streaming, or broadcasting to patrons.

Outdoor Sporting Facilities

  • Can operate for recreational purposes
  • Must operate with the minimum number of staff required to allow outdoor physical and recreational sporting activities to occur.
  • Must ensure that:
    • Social distancing of people can be, wherever possible, accommodated, implemented and monitored by any staff of the sporting facility.
    • A gathering does not exceed one person per four square metres per usable outdoor space and
    • In addition to people participating in activities, the people operating or working at the facility must wear masks in accordance with Part 3 of the Direction.

Outdoor physical recreation and campgrounds

Campgrounds, Caravan Parks and Camp Sites:

  • Closed.

Outdoor playgrounds, Skate Parks, Fitness Stations and Dog Parks:

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

Nature Reserves:

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

Community Facilities

Community Centre, Facility or Youth Centre

  • Closed, unless hosting essential public support services.

Libraries

  • Closed.
  • Home Library and Mystery Box Services reinstated from 20 September 2021.

Play Centres, Arcades or Amusement centres

Indoor or Outdoor Play Centres

  • Closed.

Indoor or Outdoor Arcades or Amusement Centres

  • Closed.

Updated - 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.

Art Studios

  • The owner, operator or controller of an art studio may attend the premises to undertake personal art-related work including filming, live streaming or broadcasting.
  • Where there are multiple art studios located at one premises, the maximum number of people permitted to work at the premises at any one time is the lesser of:
    • 1 person per 4 square metres; or
    • no more than 5 persons.
  • An Art Studio that is a small business may operate in accordance with the provisions for Small Businesses.

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, undertaken by qualified therapists and where the therapy is part of the care plan, 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 take away.

Updated - Real Estate Services and Auction Houses

Real Estate:

  • Can allow one agent to conduct property inspections provided that:
    • The inspection is of a property that is for rent or sale, and
    • The inspection is undertaken by private appointment only, and
    • The inspection is conducted with either one person or more than one person if they are all from the same household,
    • Where no other people are present at the time of the inspection, including residents of the house.
  • Can permit one person at any one time to conduct any property inspections required by law for the sale of a property to proceed; or
  • Can allow one person at any one time to photograph or film a property, where there are no other persons present.
  • For an unoccupied residence, up to two property stylists may attend the residence at one time to style the residence prior to sale.

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/s avoiding or escaping an emergency
    • a person/s who is an essential worker
    • a person/s requiring any other form of emergency accommodation
    • A person/s whose home is undergoing renovations, maintenance or repair (in accordance with the requirements for residential construction)
  • 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.

Updated - Construction Sector - Information for Industry

Service Restrictions

  • All construction, repair, and maintenance activities can take place other than residential construction for individual Class 1 Buildings (see below) and occupied residential apartment complexes.
  • Building and construction activities must strictly adhere to the ‘ACT Building and Construction Industry COVID-19 Requirements’.
  • Manufacturing, fabrication, testing, assembly, professional regulatory, off - site administrative and equipment supply activities necessary to facilitate permitted construction activities.

Residential Construction - In Occupied Residences

  • Where physical residential construction had commenced prior to 5:00pm on Thursday 12 August 2021:
    • The density limit is up to five people plus one supervisor on the worksite at any point in time. This includes a maximum of two people undertaking Indoor Work at any point in time; and
    • There is to be no interaction between workers and residents within the worksite or premises. If residents are at home while work is being carried out, they must remain at all times in a separate area.
  • Where physical residential construction had not already commenced prior to 5:00pm on Thursday 12 August 2021:
    • No new indoor work is to commence, unless residents move out of the premises and the site becomes an Unoccupied Residence,
      • The residence will become an unoccupied residence and subject to the conditions outlined below.
    • Emergency repair work is however permitted to take place.
    • New outdoor work may commence, with a Density Limit of up to five people plus one supervisor outside on the worksite at any point in time.
    • There is to be no interaction between workers and residents within the premises.
  • For outdoor works at an occupied residence, the works can be undertaken provided that:
    • There is no contact between the workers and occupants;
    • There are no more than 5 workers plus one supervisor on the site at any point in time.

Residential Construction - In Unoccupied Residences

  • For residential construction at an unoccupied residents, employers must ensure the Density Limit is the lesser of:
    • 1 person per four square metres across the premises/worksite, OR
    • Five people plus one supervisor at any point.
  • For example, the maximum number of people permitted on a 16 square metre site is 4 people. The maximum number of people permitted on a 100 square metre site is five people plus one supervisor.

Other Provisions of Note:

  • Concreting works can be undertaken for an occupied and unoccupied premises with the minimum number of concreters required for work, health and safety reasons.
  • Manufacturing, fabrication, testing, assembly, professional regulatory, off-site administrative and equipment supply activities necessary to facilitate permitted construction activities can be undertaken.

Important Information

  • 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 check back regularly for any updates to the Requirements document.
  • ACT residents are permitted to travel to the surrounding NSW border region under the 'standing exemption' where work is approved to proceed under NSW Public Health Orders. All conditions of the standing exemption must be strictly adhered to.

Construction Industry Worker Permit (DOC 41KB)

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:

Category

Business / Service Type

Updated - Retail

Essential Retail

  • a business whose predominant purpose is a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only where its predominant purpose is to sell or supply groceries or fresh food.
  • a bottle shop
  • 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 (motor vehicle dealers can operate within the parameters of the Public Health Direction).
  • hardware, building supplies
  • agricultural and rural supplies
  • laundry and dry cleaners
  • a pet store
  • a locksmith
  • a business that predominantly sells provides essential office supplies
  • shops that predominately carry out repairs of mobile phones.
  • shopping precincts (but only for essential retail purposes)

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
  • provision of court or tribunal services (but must take reasonable steps to provide services remotely)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (in accordance with conditions in the Direction)
  • 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
    • ACT Government’s Access Canberra Shop Fronts and Services Centres will operate remotely, but may operate in person:
      • where the services are time critical and essential;
      • where the services cannot reasonably be undertaken remotely.
  • Workers who support ongoing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintenance.
  • 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).
  • journalist and media services for news and other critical public communications purposes.
  • services related to the administration of justice must take reasonable steps to provide services remotely, but may operate in person:
    • where the services are time-critical and essential; and
    • where the services cannot be reasonably undertaken remotely.
  • In an office building where the work is necessary for the normal operation of an essential business, activity or undertaking.
    • A person is not allowed to work outside of their residence unless providing an urgent an essential service which cannot be undertaken in their residence.
    • Routine, non urgent legal services do not meet the definition of an essential service.
    • Administrative services provided by an employer to enable its employees to work from home are an essential activity.
  • 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.
  • Forestry Industry and Timber Fabricators.
  • Road repair works
  • Waste Management and Resource recovery services (within conditions contained in the Direction).
  • Commercial and domestic cleaning services (within conditions contained in the Direction)
  • Trade unions (within conditions contained in the Direction)

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 private or public specialist.
  • 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.
  • 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 related to:
    • any cycle of IVF treatment for a patient; 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.
  • 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.

Lockdown FAQs

Please refer to the frequently asked questions for further information about the current lockdown restrictions.

Reporting non compliance

You can report individuals or businesses not following the current restrictions through the reporting form.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: September 27 2021