19 June 2020

Attributable to ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman:

“From 12 noon today, new Public Health Directions have come into effect to move to Step 2.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT.

The biggest change sees the limit on gatherings increase from 20 people to 100 people across all areas, within one person per 4 square metres.

I have signed the new Directions confident that we are in a good position to ease these measures, following a public health assessment (our Step 2.2 Check Point) of the situation here in the ACT. A summary of this Check Point is available on the COVID-19 website.

As we allow more people to come together, I want to reiterate the need to continue to mitigate the public health risks by having appropriate control measures in place. This is not just a requirement for businesses. It extends to all Canberrans.

There will be added responsibility on business to continue to do the right thing and ensure they are following their COVID Safety Plans. The community will also need to continue their good work by:

  • maintaining physical distancing
  • practicing good hygiene measures
  • staying home if unwell, and
  • getting testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

These measures are incredibly important because this pandemic is not over and they are the best way we can keep our community safe.

We will continue to closely monitor disease surveillance here in the ACT and other jurisdictions as we move forward, and as we plan to implement Stage 3 of the Plan in July. Continuing cases in Victoria and NSW, as well as in many countries overseas, serve as a reminder of the ongoing risk of a resurgence in cases and the need for us to remain vigilant.

With restrictions easing, over the past week, we have updated the comprehensive suite of information on the COVID19 website for businesses and organisations, including a Business Resource Kit that includes guidelines for creating a COVID Safety Plan; posters for displaying in your business premises; fact sheets and case studies to provide up to date information and clear advice; and other useful resources. Businesses and organisations with further questions are encouraged to contact the Access Canberra Business Helpline on (02) 6205 0900.”

For further information on the latest ease of restrictions, visit www.COVID19.act.gov.au

To view the new Public Health Directions, visit: www.covid19.act.gov.au/resources/public-health-directions