Canberra Covid-19 lockdown end date: All the new freedoms from October…

Canberra’s pathway out of lockdown has been revealed, with residents to get multiple new freedoms within weeks.

Canberrans have finally been given a clear pathway out of lockdown.

ACT Chief Health Minister Andrew Barr announced a staged approach to the easing of restrictions over the coming weeks on Monday.

From 12am on Friday, ACT residents will enjoy a number of new freedoms:

  • House visits will be permitted, with a guest limit of two people at a time.
  • The outside of home time limit for recreation and other activities will be doubled from two hours to four hours.
  • ACT character parks and reserves will reopen and outdoor boot camps and personal training will return with a maximum of two people (excluding staff).
  • Non-basic retail will be allowed to reopen with click and collect service only.

Mr Barr said Canberra would hit the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target for all of its population aged over 12 sometime in October.

Providing the public health risk of Covid-19 remains comparatively stable over the next two weeks, Mr Barr said lockdown would end as planned on October 15 with the jurisdiction then transitioning to medium-level public health restrictions.

These will be:

  • Household visitor caps raised to five people and outdoor gatherings increased to 25 people.
  • Licensed venues cafes and restaurants able to function seated service at a maximum capacity of 25 people across a venue or one person per four square meters indoors.
  • If hospitality venues choose to offer Alfresco service outdoors, the maximum number of patrons will be increased to 50.
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons, and personal sets will be allowed to reopen with a maximum of five customers at any one time.
  • Gyms will reopen with strict Covid-safe requirements, with a maximum of 25 people and one person per four square meters.
  • Weddings, outdoor play centres, places of worship, and community centres and facilities will reopen with the same 25 person, four square metre limit.
  • Accommodation providers such as hotels, motels, campgrounds, caravan parks and campsites will reopen.

Canberra recorded 19 new locally acquired Covid-19 situations on Monday, bringing the national capital’s total sudden increase to 769.

Of the 19 new situations, seven were in isolation for their complete infectious period, while at the minimum eight were contagious out in the community.

Seventeen of the transmissions have been connected to existing situations and two keep under investigation.

The capital saw its first death from Covid for 2021 overnight, with a man in his 90s passing away in an aged care centre in Bruce.

Mr Barr said the man was already very unwell before he contracted Covid, but his death was devastating nonetheless.

“The man had been receiving end of life care at the Calvary Hayden aged care facility prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19. He had been extremely unwell prior to contracting Covid-19,” he said.

“This is the first death where Covid is a contributing factor in this current sudden increase and brings the total number of Covid related deaths in the ACT to four since the start of the pandemic.”

Originally published as Canberra road map out of lockdown: All the new freedoms revealed

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