Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

After more than two months, Canberra’s COVID lockdown is complete.

Restrictions were formally eased at midnight Friday, allowing cafes, restaurants and pubs to reopen, while Canberrans can have up to five visitors in their homes.

Scroll down to see the full list of restrictions easing on Friday

But the reopening of the ACT has come with a warning from Prime Minister Andrew Barr about an increase in the number of virus cases as the movement increases across the territory.

“We have done a lot as a society, the next step must be taken carefully,” he told reporters.

“It does not mean the end of the COVID risk, and therefore the first step out of the lockdown will be a gentle and measured step forward.”

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ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions were formally eased at midnight Friday. Credit: AAP

While there has been some criticism, the easing of closure restrictions is too cautious – with retailers unable to reopen to in-store customers before October 29 – Barr defended the measures, saying it put public health first.

“It ensures that the safest activities begin again and that the most risky will wait until more of the population is fully vaccinated.”

Recent figures show that 98.8 percent of Canberrans over the age of 12 have received one dose of the vaccine, while nearly 75 percent are fully vaccinated.

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