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Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions


Step 2.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan is currently in effect. Stage 3 of the plan will come into effect following advice from the Chief Health Officer and public health check point.

The ACT’s COVID-19 easing of restrictions road map aligns with the Australian Government’s Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.

The ACT’s road map is an easy way for Canberran’s to be aware of when and how the Government plans to move out of restrictions that were put in place in March 2020 to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Easing restrictions will happen in a gradual way, in a way that will enable us to carefully monitor the situation in the ACT, and in a way that is best suited to the unique circumstances of our jurisdiction.

Overview of stages

Stage 1

A two-step process with some important small first steps to help families and friends reconnect — allowing small groups of people to get together in homes and in the community.

For details of Stage 1 ease of restrictions that have already been implemented, view the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap (release 1.0) which was released on 26 May 2020.

Stage 2 - Currently in effect

A two-step process seeing slightly larger gatherings and more businesses, services and community activities reopening. Higher risk activities will continue to have tighter restrictions.

Step 2.2 Check point

For further information on the public health assessment that was done to move to Step 2.2 easing of restrictions, view the Canberra’s Recovery Plan Step 2.2 Check Point report

Stage 3

A one-step process seeing larger outdoor gatherings and new capacity limits to provide some flexibility for smaller venues. A return to professional events, which are ticketed and seated will also take place but the highest risk activities will continue to have restrictions. The Government will closely monitor the impact of these changes, before considering any future easing of local restrictions.

What we need the community to do

While restrictions are easing, our individual responsibilities have not. Stay home if you’re unwell, maintain physical distancing and practise good hand hygiene. If you have symptoms, please get tested at one of the ACT’s testing facilities.

Check points for easing restrictions

The nature of COVID-19 means that we must remain flexible and readily able to respond to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. That’s why, there will be a number of Public Health Risk Assessments (check points) along the way so that each stage of the easing of restrictions can be assessed before moving to the next, ensuring the health and safety of our community.

Moving  to Stage 3

The latest Check Point to assess the  move to Stage 3 easing of restrictions was undertaken on 22 July 2020.  Following this public health risk assessment, the decision has been made to  continue to pause the move to Stage 3. The next Check Point will be on 6 August  2020.

Moving to Step 2.2

A Check Point was undertaken on 18 June 2020 to move to Step 2.2 easing of restrictions.

Further information

More information on requirements for businesses is on the Business and work page.

Businesses can also call the Access Canberra Business Helpline on (02) 6205 0900.

Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Community Recovery Roadmap

The Canberra community has been hit hard in 2020 by smoke, bushfires, hail and now COVID-19. This has impacted our wellbeing in different ways, with the highest impacts felt by our young people, those experiencing social isolation, and those who have lost their jobs. The ACT Government, with our community partners, has responded immediately to deliver practical and meaningful support to Canberrans when they need it most. The Phase 1 snapshot in the Roadmap shows a range of continuing measures to promote wellbeing, support communities and reduce cost of living pressures.

Now in Phase 2 we will continue to engage with community and community sector partners to establish the foundation for recovery and then build resilience into the future as part of Phase 3. The ACT Wellbeing Framework will help us measure outcomes and understand the impacts of COVID-19  and how the community is recovering. Through recovery and beyond we will strive to be a more inclusive community where all Canberrans feel they belong, are valued and can contribute.


Phase 1: Immediate community sector responses

The government responded quickly with practical and meaningful support for the community. Complemented by grass-roots, community-led activity.

For more information on current support measures go to our supporting the community sector page.

Phase 2:Establishing a foundation for recovery

Working with community and our community partners to understand the needs of those most impacted through the events of 2020 and delivering on a vision for a connected, inclusive and valued community.

For more information on connecting in your community or neighbourhood, visit Connect in Canberra.

Phase 3: Building resilience into the future

Ongoing recovery measures that deliver support, provide certainty and promote longer term Community Recovery.

For information on current community services information, head to the Community Service Directorate website.

Canberra's Recovery Plan: Economic Recovery Roadmap

The Canberra economy has been hit hard by a year of bushfires, hail and now COVID-19. The government has moved quickly to target practical and meaningful relief and recovery measures to those businesses who need it most.

We are creating opportunities to keep Canberrans in work through the fast track upgrades in our suburbs and community facilities and through the Jobs for Canberrans Fund. The ACT Government will continue to work with and be informed by business and industry, provide certainty, and build confidence to ensure a strong recovery.


For more information on Economic Survival and Recovery measures, visit the Economic Survival page.

COVID-19 helpline 0262077244

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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: July 29 2020