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How many visitors can I have at my house?

To allow family and friends to come together, gatherings at a person’s home can now have a maximum of 10 people, this includes children, and those living in the household.

Two households that come together resulting in a gathering more than 10 people is allowed. In this situation, all people present at the gathering must be from one of the two households. No additional people are permitted.

An indoor space must be large enough to allow for 1 person every 4 square metres (for example, only up to 5 people can gather in a 20 square metre room).

It is important to take extra care when visiting more vulnerable people, such as the elderly, by maintaining physical distancing and practising good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.

Follow the current restrictions on Groups and gatherings.

What is defined as a household?

For the purpose of the Public Health (Non-Essential Gatherings) Emergency Direction 2020 (No 3) a household is defined as persons who ordinarily reside at the same residential premises.

This does not include people who live in a dormitory. In a dormitory each sleeping quarter is considered a separate residence.

To view the direction, see the Public Health Directions webpage.

Can my children have play dates at my home?

Yes, you can have playdates at your home, as long as they adhere to the limits on visitors to your home, as listed above in “How many visitors can I have at my house?”

Can I have a dinner party?

Yes, you can have a small dinner party as long as it adheres to the ACT’s restrictions on visitors to homes. You can have a maximum of 10 people at your home at any one time.

The new public health directions acknowledge the impact that social isolation has on our wellbeing. However, it is important for Canberrans to be aware that the easing of restrictions on gatherings is not a licence to bring together people from multiple households for parties.  House parties with people from multiple households could undermine all that we have achieved.

Physical distancing and good hygiene must be practised.

What is the limit on gatherings outside the home?

The limit on all outdoor gatherings in the ACT is now a maximum of 10 people (including children), unless all people in attendance are from the same household.

Two households that come together resulting in a gathering more than 10 people is allowed. In this situation, all people present at the gathering must be from one of the two households. No additional people are permitted.

Physical distancing and good hygiene must be practised.

What are the rules for parks, playgrounds and other public green spaces?

Playgrounds, skateparks and dog parks are open, so long as you do not gather in a group of more than 10 people (or any number of people from the same household).

Two households that come together resulting in a gathering of more than 10 people is allowed. In this situation, all people present at the gathering must be from one of the two households. No additional people are permitted.

Physical distancing and good hygiene must be practised. If you choose to use open public spaces, it is your responsibility to maintain the physical distancing measures (1.5 metres between yourself and others)

You should use your judgement and leave a site if it is too crowded and the distancing requirements cannot be complied with.

Please do not enter or use shared spaces like playgrounds, skateparks, outdoor fitness stations or dog parks if you are unwell.

In using playground equipment, it is important for people to wash their hands well or use hand sanitiser before and after touching these surfaces. Parents should also ensure this is done for children using play equipment.

You may have a picnic and use public BBQ’s however it is important for people to wash their hands well or use hand sanitiser before and after touching these surfaces.

Campgrounds in the ACT remain closed at this time.

Can I hold an event if it's important? Like a wedding or funeral?

More information is available on the Restrictions and Advice page and on the Canberra Cemeteries website.

You can find more information on social distancing on our Protect Yourself page.

Am I allowed to go for a driving lesson?

Please visit the Transport page for the latest information and advice about driving lessons and licences.

How do I get a rebate on my electricity?

Small business owners with electricity usage below 100 megawatts per year will see rebates of $750 automatically applied to their next electricity bill in around June or July 2020.

The rebate will apply regardless of whether customers are on standing or market offers.

You do not need to contact your electricity supplier as this will be automatically applied.

I care for a vulnerable or elderly person, what should I do?

You will find more information for health care and residential care workers groups on our Aged Care page.

You will find information for public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups on the Australian Department of Health website.

What is the latest information about schools and childcare?

Please visit the Students, education and childcare page for the latest information about public schools in the ACT.

I have children, what should I do about school or if they get sick?

If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. You will find the latest on schools on our Students, education and childcare page.

You will find the latest information on how to protect yourself and your family on our Protect Yourself page.

You will find the latest information on mental health support on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

What advice do you have for pet owners?

For more information, please see the Our Canberra article about looking after our pets during COVID-19.

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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: May 21 2020