Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions
Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions Roadmap outlines the plan for easing of restrictions, pending the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and other jurisdictions in Australia.
Previous Easing of Restrictions Roadmaps
- Canberra’s Recovery Plan at 26 May 2020
- Canberra’s Recovery Plan at 9 July 2020
- Canberra’s Recovery Plan at 20 August 2020
- Canberra’s Recovery Plan at 14 September 2020
- Canberra’s Recovery Plan at 9 October 2020
A move to Stage 4 of Canberra’s Recovery plan is scheduled to come into effect at 9am on Wednesday 2 December 2020, subject to the COVID-19 situation remaining stable. To find out more check the Changes to Restrictions page.
Stage 3, Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery plan came into effect on Friday 9 October 2020. A further easing to Step 3.2 restrictions came into effect at 9am Friday 13 November 2020. To find out more about current restrictions refer to the What You Can Do page and the Business and Work section.
Overview of recovery stages
The ACT’s COVID-19 road maps provide Canberrans with a guide to when and how the Government plans to ease restrictions that were put in place in early 2020 to limit the spread of coronavirus in our community.
Easing restrictions will continue to happen in a gradual way that will enable us to carefully monitor the situation in the ACT and move towards a COVID-normal situation.
Stage 1 – Important small first steps to help families and friends reconnect. For details on Stage 1 easing of restrictions that have been implemented, view the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap 26 May 2020.
Stage 2 – A two-step process that saw slightly larger gatherings and more businesses, services and community activities reopen. For details on Stage 2 easing of restrictions that have been implemented, view the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap 26 May 2020.
Stage 3 – Currently in effect. A two-step process seeing minor changes to restrictions to enable business and activities to recommence under strict COVID guidelines. For details on Stage 3 easing of restrictions, view the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap 9 October 2020.
Stage 4 – Further easing of restrictions to enable businesses to increase capacity. It is anticipated this level of restrictions will be in place over the summer months. View the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap 26 November 2020.
Any further easing of restrictions will be considered in February 2021.
Check points for easing of 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.
Public Health Risk Assessment (Check Point) Reports
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 18 June 2020, decision made to progress to Step 2.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan from Friday 19 June 2020.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 22 July 2020, decision made to pause the move to Stage 3 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 6 August 2020, decision made to proceed to Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan from Monday 10 August 2020. Some minor amendments were made on Tuesday 1 September 2020 to provide clarity.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 20 August 2020, decision made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 3 September 2020, decision made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 17 September 2020, decision made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, with minor changes to capacity number for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses from 18 September 2020.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 1 October 2020, decision made to progress to Stage 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan from 9 October 2020.
- Public Health Risk Assessment on 6 November 2020, decision made to make some minor amendments to gathering sizes and eating and drinking outdoors from 13 November 2020.
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.