14 September 2020

Confirmed cases update

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, leaving the ACT’s total at 113. There are no active cases in the ACT.

A total of 110 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests recorded in the ACT is now 87,346.

Minor update to Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan

Today we are announcing a minor update to Step 3.1 restrictions to begin on Friday 18 September 2020, subject to a successful COVID Safe Check Point assessment by the
Chief Health Officer this Thursday.

This change is a small step forward and will enable smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses to return to their pre-COVID occupancy number, with a maximum of 25 people across the whole venue, excluding staff. Venues must still abide by their standard occupancy loading and the regulatory conditions of the venue. Business that want to have more than 25 people in their venue must apply the ‘one person per four square metres of usable space’ rule. The maximum number of patrons permitted is 100 for each indoor space and each outdoor space. This change may be small, but for some businesses and members of the community it will make a big difference to moving towards a COVID Safe business as usual.

We recognise that this may mean that customers in a small business may not be able to maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5m, however businesses should strive to separate groups or tables as far apart as practical within the usable space. It is also important to continue the collection of contact details of visitors and patrons to ensure we are in a particularly strong position to contact trace if need be.

This does not mean that businesses and individuals can forget their health and safety responsibilities. Customers and groups in smaller venues will still need to physically distance from each other wherever possible, practise good hand and respiratory hygiene and stay home if unwell.

Despite the encouraging position of the ACT, we must continue to remember we don’t exist in a vacuum and the situation could change quickly, both in the ACT and in our neighbouring jurisdictions.

For this reason, we are aiming to strike a balance where we can continue to move forward and support businesses in a staged and cautious manner. This gives us the ability to respond quickly from a public health perspective, if necessary.

For more information, visit covid19.act.gov.au/what-you-can-do/faqs-changes-to-restrictions.

General information

ACT Health reminds anyone who has been outside the ACT to monitor the health website of the jurisdiction they visited for updates on where confirmed cases have spent time and where other alerts may be in place. Please adhere to the health advice on those websites. In particular, take note of the latest areas in Queensland and NSW.

Likewise, if you intend travelling, please monitor the other jurisdiction’s website. The advice on affected areas is changing regularly, so keep up to date with the latest advice. Please be mindful and aware of how easily the virus spreads.

ACT residents who are returning from Victoria by air must continue to advise ACT Health before their arrival, preferably at least 72 hours before the intended travel date, and immediately quarantine for 14 days.

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We continue to ask Canberrans to:

  1. Avoid large crowds
  2. Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible
  3. Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene and
  4. Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is (02) 6207 7244 and is available between 8am and 8pm daily.