23 March 2020

The ACT Government will be enacting directions on the temporary closure of non-essential activities and businesses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This reflects the decision made at National Cabinet on non-essential service closures and maintains consistency with the NSW Government approach. It is important that the rules are the same throughout the Canberra region.

Unfortunately too many members of the community are ignoring social distancing measures, and by doing so, are putting the lives of older and vulnerable Canberrans at risk.

Risk reduction is paramount. If we want to slow the spread of COVID-19 we need to implement social distancing at all non-essential places of social gathering.

Despite measures in place to discourage social interaction, there are still too many instances where people are exposing themselves to contracting the virus which is leading to an unsustainable increase in confirmed cases across the country.

This means following the law and keeping at least 1.5 metres away from other people.