Australian Capital Territory, Australia: COVID-19 Restrictions from 19/06/2020
From June 19th, the rules in the Australian Capital Territory will follow part 2 of the 3-step plan.
Here are the answers to the questions many have:
Can I visit my friends or family?
20 people (inclusive of children) will be allowed to visit other
households for the purposes of socializing. However, people should be
Can I have a party?
If you are only inviting 20 people, inclusive of children, you are allowed to
have a party. 20 people are allowed to gather in outdoor spaces.
Can I go to a restaurant or café?
Cafés and restaurants will be allowed to seat a maximum of 20 people.
Businesses will need to ensure each customer has at least four-square-
Can I start bringing my reusable coffee cup to the café again?
A new contact-free initiative from Responsible Cafés could see many coffee shops allowing personal reusable takeaway cups allowed back in, however, this is up to individual cafés.
Can I exercise outdoors?
Outdoor gym facilities will be reopened and outdoor boot camps will be
allowed with a maximum of 20 people to a group.
Can I go for a swim?
Swimming pools will be allowed to reopen, but they could be capped to a
maximum of 20 swimmers at any one time. Beaches will now remain open.
Can I go to the library?
Libraries may open with restrictions:
- Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square meters including
- Each library must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Can I let the kids loose on the playground?
Public playgrounds will be open again. Physical distancing and hygiene should be practised with the little ones.
Can I go back to the office?
Each business owner can make decisions about what makes the most sense
for their situation. Employers must allow employees to work from home where
it is reasonably practical to do so.
Can I leave Canberra?
Canberra borders were never closed. All overseas travel, with very few
exceptions, have been banned and is not likely to resume until next year.
Can I go shopping?
Retail stores have been allowed to open. This is under the provision that they
follow the 4-metre rule.
Can I get a haircut or visit my beauty therapist?
Capacity must not exceed 20 customers or one customer per 4 square
metres (including staff members) on the premises, whichever is the lesser.
When am I allowed to leave my house?
You can go out to shop, to work or study (if this cannot be done from home), for fresh air and exercise (with a maximum of 10 people), and for recreational purposes and socializing as long as you are observing social distancing.
Can I get tested if I haven’t been overseas?
ACT Health has announced that anyone with the slightest flu-like symptoms should get tested. If you work with vulnerable people, for example, in a nursing home, boarding school, or any other kind of residential facility, and you experience any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you must be tested.
Can I attend weddings and funerals?
Weddings will be allowed to have up to 20 guests, while for funerals a maximum of 100 people is allowed while following the four-meter rule.
Can I go for a drive?
Yes, you can go out for a drive.
Are dentists open?
Yes, dental services are now open.
Are The Pubs open?
Yes, pubs can host up to 20 patrons per enclosed space (including children) at
a time, while maintaining the four square meter rule. Bars, pubs, and clubs
will be allowed to serve alcohol in groups of up to 10 seated patrons, without a
meal. From 10 July, food courts will be allowed to open to seated patrons.
Are schools, TAFE colleges and universities back
Yes, all students have returned to school as of 2 June.
What about cinemas, entertainment venues and
Galleries, museums, national institutions, and outdoor attractions, like the zoo,
are allowed to reopen to groups of up to 20 people per designated session.
Cinemas and other entertainment venues, along with night clubs and bars,
have to remain closed. From noon, 19 June, up to 100 people will be allowed at
cinemas and movie theatres, indoor amusement centers, arcades, outdoor and
indoor play centers, betting agencies, outdoor amusements, and attractions,
community and youth centers, galleries, museums, national institutions. There
can only be one person per four square meters throughout the venue.
Organized tour groups of up to 20 people (excluding staff) will be permitted.
Can I move house?
You are allowed to move houses but keeping in mind the social distancing
What does the Australian government’s contact tracing app do?
Dubbed CovidSafe, the technology is based on digital contact tracing, modelled on a similar app used in Singapore. Its purpose is to suppress the issue of ‘community transmission’ – where the infection is spread between people in public.
How long will this last?
Australian Capital Territory is currently in stage 2 of a three-stage process on easing social restrictions advised by the federal government, to be rolled out over the next two months. However there is no concrete timeline, and the state governments are not required to follow every recommendation. Certain protocols such as physical distancing may be in place for several more months to come. The World Health Organisation has warned that relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health