17 September 2020

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.

It has now been 10 weeks since the ACT last recorded a new case of COVID-19.

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 88,646.

Remember to get tested

We have noticed in recent days a decrease in the number of people presenting for COVID-19 testing daily in the ACT. Testing remains an important surveillance tool in our response to COVID-19.

If you begin to feel unwell and develop any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you should get tested.

Changes to smaller sized venue capacity coming into effect tomorrow

The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that from 9am tomorrow, Friday 18 September 2020, smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses will be able to return to their pre-COVID capacity, with a maximum of 25 people across the whole venue, excluding staff, following the COVID Safe Checkpoint conducted today.

Venues must still abide by their standard occupancy loading and the regulatory conditions of the venue.

Businesses that want to have more than 25 people in their venue must continue to apply the ‘one person per four square metres of usable space’ rule. The maximum number of patrons permitted in each indoor and in each outdoor space will remain at 100 people.

The Chief Health Officer said it is the good position the ACT is in that is enabling this change.

“We continue to have no cases of COVID-19 in the ACT, with the last new case ten weeks ago, and the last recovered case almost seven weeks ago,” Dr Coleman said.

“However, the ACT does not exist in a vacuum and we know that the situation can change quickly. There is still community transmission occurring in Victoria and in Sydney, which is why we must take a sensible, cautious and staged approach to the easing of any restrictions here in the ACT.

“As part of each check point we do, we assess the cumulative public health risk of easing our control measures and compliance with those, and our ability to manage an outbreak in the event one was to occur. So in balancing the public health risks, we need to make these changes gradually to move towards a COVID safe business-as-usual to ensure we don’t end up in a position where we need to make a step backwards.

“Although this change may be considered small, it will make a big difference to some smaller venues in the ACT. And in the coming weeks, we will continue to assess our position and where we can ease restrictions further for business and the community, we will.

“I would also like to remind Canberrans that we all still have a personal responsibility to play a key role in keeping Canberra COVID free and working our way back to business-as-usual. This means that if you are in a smaller venue, continue to physically distance from each other wherever possible, practise good hand and respiratory hygiene and stay home if unwell.”

Check In CBR now available on Google Play Store

The Check In CBR app is now available to download for Android devices from the Google Play Store. We would like to thank the Canberra community for their patience while we worked with Google to make this available.

There are now more than 405venues across Canberra who have signed up to be a part of Check In CBR. In its first week since we launched the app, it has been downloaded more than 4000times from the Apple App Store.

The Check In CBR App is free of charge for both venues and their customers, and enables small businesses and venues to easily comply with the Public Health Directions in a safe, easy and secure way. Businesses and venues opting in to use Check In CBR will be provided with a free App Starter Kit so the app can to be used in their venues, and to incorporate the app’s usage into their COVID Safe Plans.

While usage of the app is encouraged, it is completely voluntary, and some businesses and venues may wish to continue recording and securely storing customer contact details via other means.

Businesses or venues wishing to register to use the Check In CBR App can visit the Check In CBR page on the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

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 on 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.