Current restrictions

Summary of restrictions

Last updated 11.59pm 8 September 2022

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Restrictions

Core restrictions across all settings

  • From 11.59pm Thursday 8 September 2022:
    • Face masks will no longer be required on domestic flights into and out of Canberra Airport.
    • The isolation period for people with COVID-19 will be reduced to 5 days after the first positive COVID-19 test was collected (the date the test was collected being day 0).
    • People diagnosed with COVID-19 must comply with additional measures for 2 days after being cleared from their 5 day isolation period.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans must be prepared by certain businesses and able to be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Face masks are only required in certain settings.
Household contact of a diagnosed person
  • Risk mitigation requirements apply to a household contact (someone who lives with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19).
  • A household contact must comply with these risk mitigation requirements for a period of 7 days from the last time someone in the household tested positive for COVID-19 (the date of the collection of the test is regarded as day 0).
    • If a household contact has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and completed a self-isolation period in the last 28 days, they do not have to comply with these risk mitigation requirements if they subsequently become a household contact.
  • A household contact does not have to comply with the risk mitigation requirements if they have not been in contact with the person who tested positive to COVID-19 while they were infectious (for example, they were away from home during the infectious period).
  • A person is only considered a household contact if they have been living with the person who tested positive to COVID-19:
    • from 48 hours before they have COVID-19 symptoms, or
    • from 48 hours before they test positive (if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms), or
    • during their 5 day isolation period for COVID-19.

Social gatherings, leaving home and visitors

Home visits

  • No limit on number of visitors to a home.
    • It is strongly encouraged that households minimise the number of visitors in their home at any one time to ensure COVID Smart behaviours can be maintained.

Informal outdoor gatherings

  • No limit on the number of people permitted at informal outdoor gatherings.
    • Individuals are encouraged to stay in their known social groups and minimise the size of gatherings where possible.

Organised events (outdoor and indoor)

  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Face coverings and masks

  • Any person aged 12 years or older must wear a face mask in certain settings.
  • A person is not required to wear a face mask if they have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
Travel 

Interstate travel

  • There are currently no restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT.
  • Persons who are currently under quarantine or isolation requirements seeking to travel to the ACT should refer to the entering and leaving the ACT page for further information.

International travel

  • Travellers who are returning from overseas and want to enter the ACT must first follow the requirements of the jurisdiction of their port of entry.
  • International travellers should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms following their arrival. If symptoms develop, travellers should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
  • More detailed guidance for travellers arriving to the ACT from overseas can be accessed on the overseas travel page.
Work
  • Employers should review their work health and safety risks and mitigations as well as their COVID-19 Safety Plans and Business Continuity Plans to ensure they remain current.
  • Employers should consider the feasibility of some employees working from home, where it suits employees and employers.
  • Employers should support employees to stay at home when they are sick.
  • Employers should refer to the ACT Government advice on Assessing a COVID-19 Exposure in the Workplace, and the Workplace COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool.

Education and childcare

Early childhood education and care:

  • Back to on campus learning.

Schools:

  • Back to on campus learning.
  • Out of School Hours care available to all students.
  • More information on COVID-19 school arrangements is available on the Education Directorate website.
  • Schools are encouraged to retain existing Check In CBR QR codes for voluntary use and use by external events held on school premises.

Higher education and training:

  • Back to on campus learning as determined by the facility.
  • Density limits no longer apply.

Public transport

Buses and light rail

  • Services operating as normal.
  • Mask wearing on public transport is required.

Taxis, hire car and ride share services

  • Operating as normal.
  • Mask wearing in taxis, hire car and ride share services is required.

Hospitality and licensed venues

Licensed venues, cafes, restaurants and food courts

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Night clubs

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Gaming and gambling venues

Casinos, gambling venues and betting agencies

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Hairdressing, beauty and personal services

Hairdressing and barbers, beauty therapy, day spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours and body modification studios

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Strip clubs and brothels

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.  The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Places of worship, weddings and funerals

Places of worship

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Businesses and venues that host funerals

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Businesses and venues that host weddings

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Fitness and sport

Gyms, health clubs, fitness centres or wellness centres, personal training and boot camps

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Swimming pools

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Dance classes

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Organised sporting activities

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Outdoor physical recreation and campgrounds

Campgrounds, caravan parks and camp sites

  • Gathering limits no longer apply.

Outdoor playgrounds, skate parks, fitness stations and dog parks

  • Gathering limits no longer apply.

Nature reserves

  • Gathering limits no longer apply.
Entertainment and leisure

Indoor or outdoor play centres, arcades or amusement centres

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan. The Plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Community and cultural facilities, activities and attractions

Libraries

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Community centres, facilities or youth centres

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Activities being held in these facilities which are referenced elsewhere must comply with the conditions for those activities (eg. weddings, martial arts, sporting activities, and dance classes).

Galleries, museums, national cultural institution, historic sites, outdoor attractions (zoos and other tourism attractions)

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Musical rehearsals - choirs, bands and orchestras (higher risk activity)

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Events and performance venues, conferences and cinemas

All indoor performance venues and live performance events

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer..
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Conference and convention venues (including National Convention Centre)

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Cinemas or movie theatres

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

All outdoor entertainment and event venues (including venues with forward facing, fixed and tiered seating - stadiums, concert venues)

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
    • Does not apply for events held at GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval noting that the COVID Safety Plan for these venues has been endorsed by the CHO or delegate.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Organised events (not addressed elsewhere in the Direction)

Organised events (not addressed elsewhere in the Direction)

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • Organised events of greater than 5,000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review.
  • Exemptions are not required for large events.

Real estate services and auction houses

Real estate

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Auction houses

  • Must develop and maintain a COVID Safety Plan.
    • The plan must be produced if requested by an authorised officer.

Tours and accommodation

Accommodation

  • Open.

Tours (for example, walking tours)

  • Open

Tour transport

  • Open
Construction sector
Visitors to residential aged care facilities

Visitor restrictions

Visitors to comply with policies established by the relevant residential aged care facility.

Visitors to hospital facilities

  • Visitors need to comply with the COVID Safe plans of the specific facility or ward.
  • Information is available on the Canberra Health Services page.

Reporting non compliance

You can report individuals or businesses not following the current restrictions through the reporting form.

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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: September 26 2022