Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions
Stage 3, Step 3.1 of the plan came into effect at 9am, Monday 10 August 2020, followed by some minor amendments which sought to clarify existing arrangements, made on 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 September. A change to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses came into effect at 9am on Friday 18 September 2020.
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 Canberrans 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
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.
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 - Currently in effect
A two-step process seeing relatively minor changes to restrictions to enable a small number of businesses and activities to recommence under strict COVID guidelines. The impact of these changes will be closely monitored before considering any future easing of local restrictions.
Step 3.1 Check point
For further information on the public health assessment that was done to move to Step 3.1 easing of restrictions, view the Canberra’s Recovery Plan Step 3.1 Check Point report.
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 Step 3.1
Following a public health risk assessment (check point) on 6 August 2020, the decision was made to proceed to Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. These changes came into effect at 9am, Monday 10 August 2020, followed by some minor amendments which sought to clarify existing arrangements, made on 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 September. A change to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses came into effect at 9am on Friday 18 September 2020.
Following a public health risk assessment (check point) on 20 August 2020, the decision has been made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. Review Canberra’s Recovery Plan Stage 3 Check Point Report 20 August 2020.
Following a public health assessment (check point) on 3 September 2020, the decision has been made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. Review Canberra’s Recovery Plan Stage 3 Check Point Report 4 September 2020.
Following a public health assessment (check point) on 17 September 2020, the decision has been made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, with minor changes to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses.
Moving to Stage 3
A 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 was made to continue to pause the move to Stage 3. Review Canberra’s Recovery Plan Stage 3 Check Point Report 22 July 2020.
Moving to Step 2.2
A Check Point was undertaken on 18 June 2020 to move to Step 2.2 easing of restrictions. Review Canberra’s Recovery Plan Step 2.2 Check Point Report 18 June 2020.
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.