ACT COVID road: Household visit to resume Friday, strict lockdown to mid-October | The Canberra Times

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Canberrans now has a sense of what the next few months will look like. After nearly two months of bunkering down, they will finally be able to visit a friend or family member’s house from this weekend. It’s the first step on ACT’s path out of lockdown, with major changes to kick in on October 15 and October 29. But Prime Minister Andrew Barr said Monday that authorities will observe how the virus spreads during October and November, but was cautiously optimistic. “Our hope is that Christmas will look more normal for everyone,” he said. There is good news for café and retail owners, park lovers and wedding guests. But you wait a while to visit museums and galleries. Of course, that could all change if COVID-19 gets out of control. But right now, that’s what Canberrans can look forward to. More and more with time. Household visits return from Friday night where you can have two people over. This limit applies whether your guests are from the same household or not. On October 15, five people will be able to visit the same household at a time. It rises to 10 people by the end of that month. Children are included in these limits. Back to the wilderness. You can spend four hours outside for recreation from Friday, up from two. And you also have several options; nature reserves and national parks are also open. You will need to limit your picnics to five people for now. But that changes on October 15, where one can gather in groups of 25 outdoors. That number jumps to 30 on October 29th. Not for a few weeks. You can return to your favorite bar, restaurant or café from 15 October. They can only accommodate 25 people indoors (or one guest per square meter). If they choose to operate outdoors, it rises to 50 people. They can not do both. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: But it’s still a wait if you want to go to the cinema, the cinema or the gallery. They only reopen at the end of October. This is when indoor events with fixed seating will be able to operate with 75 percent capacity, up to 500 people. Unfixed seating events must be socially distant, up to 150 people. Nightclubs, a place where this eruption spread, will not reopen until November or early December. Schools reopening will be postponed. Year 12 returns for hands-on lessons and exams from Tuesday next week. They return to learning on campus along with year 11 from October 18th. MORE COVID NEWS: On October 25, early childcare and preschool will return. Schools will also welcome kindergarten children, years 1 and year 2. Years 6, 9 and 10 also return to campus. From the first day of November, grades 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8s return to the classroom. Normal out-of-school care programs are also resumed. Changes are coming soon. All non-essential businesses can operate clicks and collect and click and provide services from Friday. That is a maximum of five employees until October 15, when the number doubles. It is also when hairdressers and beauty salons reopen, to five customers at a time. All retail resumes on October 29, provided companies maintain the rule of one person per. Square meters. Outdoor bootcamps and PT sessions resume Friday, but a maximum of two clients. Fitness centers will reopen on October 15 with the same distance requirements as indoor cafes. But the teaching does not return until the end of October and only with a capacity of 20 people. That is, when organized sports also make a comeback, up to 25 people within the limits of density apply. Swimming pools open for lessons for up to 25 people on October 15th. From October 29, 25 people can visit without attending a lesson. Dance floors are back. From October 15, up to 25 people will be allowed to attend a wedding. But guests will have to stay seated while eating and drinking. Dancing is allowed. Up to 50 are allowed to attend funerals or one person per. Square meters. From October 29, a maximum of 100 will be allowed to participate either, provided they are outdoors with a density of one person per. Two square meters. It’s not quite up to ACT. Currently, residents of 10 zip codes outside the area are allowed to cross the border. These settings remain at least until October 15, but may change thereafter. Hotels and motels, campsites and caravans in the area open from 15 October. We are largely told that there will be “less restrictive” travel in our region from October 29, but whether you can travel interstate will be shaped to other states. International travel will resume later, but again it is conditional on the Commonwealth reopening the border. In short, yes. There is no end date for masks indoors, and Prime Minister Barr confirms that they will be required for an “extended period”. But you don’t have to wear them outdoors from October 29th. 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