Community and Outdoor Facilities and Libraries

What can I do?

  • From 12 noon on Friday 19 June 2020, community and outdoor facilities, including skate parks, dog parks and campgrounds can now open for a maximum of 100 people (including staff) per indoor or outdoor space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser.
  • Hiking and recreational activities in national parks and reserves is permitted. Good hygiene and physical distancing must be practised.
  • Libraries will be able to have one per 4 square metres throughout the venue (including staff).

What can’t I do?

  • Namadgi National Park remains closed at this time due to safety reasons following the Orroral Valley bushfire.
  • The following campsites are closed to allow for ongoing bushfire recovery efforts:
    • Honeysuckle Creek campground
    • Mt Clear campground
    • Orroral campground
    • Woods Reserve campground.
  • For more information about camping in the ACT go to the ACT Government Environment website.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Venues should increase the cleaning frequency of high-touch areas, communal and restroom facilities.
  • The entry, exit and flow of people through a premises should carefully managed.
  • Caravan parks, camping grounds and campsites will need frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of shared areas.
  • Organisations using community facilities will need to comply with the relevant restrictions for their organisation or activity. For example, dance companies will need to adhere to restrictions for dance, and sporting teams will need to adhere to restrictions on community sport.
  • Libraries need a COVID Safety Plan.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • Avoid gathering in communal areas and avoid places that look overcrowded.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Take any rubbish with you.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

What does the public need to know?

  • Restrictions are easing but your responsibility hasn’t.
  • Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You should also download the COVIDSafe app and ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes.
  • Be sensible when you have people over at your residence and have your own control measures in place. Know who is there and at what times, download the COVIDSafe app, join Flu Tracker and participate in important YourSay Community Panel engagements and health surveys that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.

Can community facilities open?

Yes. Community facilities, such as community centres or facilities, youth centres and PCYCs will now be able operate with a maximum of 100 people. An indoor space must be large enough to allow for one person every 4 square metres, for example, only up to 5 people can gather in a 20 square metre room.

Can libraries open?

All Libraries ACT branches are open and operating regular hours, but with limited services. Please visit the Libraries ACT website for locations, opening hours and what services are currently available.

People will be asked to keep their visit to under 30-minutes and at this stage will not be able to sit down inside the branches unless they have pre-booked one of the 30-minute computers.

To make a booking to use a computer at one of the three branches, please phone Libraries ACT on (02) 6205 9000.

Can I go to a National Park?

Yes.

Hiking and recreational activities in national parks and reserves is permitted.

However, please note that the Namadgi National Park remains closed at this time due to safety reasons following the Orroral Valley bushfire.

Can I use the public BBQs?

Yes. You must adhere to the ACT’s restrictions on gatherings which are limited to a maximum of 100 people. Good hygiene and physical distancing must be practised.

In using public BBQs, it is important for people to wash their hands well or use hand sanitiser before and after touching these surfaces.

Parents should also ensure this is done for children using play equipment.

What campgrounds are open in the ACT?

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, some ACT campsites have reopened, including:

  • Cotter campground
  • Kowen campground
  • Blue Range campground
  • Centenary Trail Northern Border campsite.

The following campsites remain closed to allow for ongoing bushfire recovery efforts:

  • Honeysuckle Creek campground
  • Mt Clear campground
  • Orroral campground
  • Woods Reserve campground.

More information about camping in the ACT go to the ACT Government Environment website.

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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: July 01 2020