Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

Canberrans has finally got a clear path out of the lockdown.

ACT Chief Health Minister Andrew Barr announced a step-by-step approach to easing restrictions over the coming weeks on Monday.

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

  • House visits will be allowed, with a guest limit of two people at a time.
  • The time limit outside the home for recreation and other activities is doubled from two hours to four hours.
  • ACT nature parks reopen and outdoor bootcamps, and personal training returns with a maximum of two people (excluding staff).
  • Non-essential retail will only be allowed to reopen with click and collect service.

Sir. Barr said Canberra would reach the goal of 80 percent fully vaccinated for the entire population over the age of 12 sometime in October.

Provided the public health risk at Covid-19 remains relatively stable over the next two weeks, Mr Barr said the shutdown would end as planned on October 15, with jurisdiction then shifting to mid-level public health restrictions.

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Camera iconFrom kl. 12 on Friday, ACT residents will enjoy a number of new freedoms. Newswire / Gary Ramage Credit: Corp Australia company profile

These will be:

  • Household visiting hats raised to five people, and outdoor gatherings rise to 25 people.
  • Licensed venues, cafes and restaurants that can operate seated service with a maximum capacity of 25 across a venue or one person per. four square meters indoors.
  • If hospitality resorts choose to offer Alfresco service outdoors, the maximum number of guests will be increased to 50.
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons and personal services are allowed to reopen with a maximum of five customers at a 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 centers, places of worship and meetinghouses and facilities reopen with the same 25 people, four square meters border.
  • Accommodation providers such as hotels and motels, campsites, campsites and campsites will reopen.

Canberra registered 19 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total outbreak of the national capital to 769.

Of the 19 new cases, seven were in isolation throughout their infectious period, while at least eight were contagious out in the community.

Seventeen of the transmissions have been linked to existing cases and two are still under investigation.

The capital saw its first death from Covid in 2021 overnight, in which a man in his 90s died at a nursing home in Bruce.

Barr said the man was already very ill before he got Covid, but his death was nonetheless devastating.

“The man had received end-of-life care at the Calvary Hayden Elderly Care Center before he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He had been extremely unwell before receiving Covid-19,” he said.

“This is the first death in which Covid is a contributing factor in this current outbreak, bringing the total number of Cpvid-related deaths in ACT to four since the start of the pandemic.”

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