Canberra lockdown: ACT adjusts restrictions for significant shutdown companies The Canberra Times

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Key companies in ACT need to make sure customers get in and out quickly after ACT moved to adjust its lockdown limits. That comes as ACT reported a further 17 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total amount to 45. Prime Minister Andrew Barr said ACT would strengthen its compliance with key companies where operators had tried to move customers further. Updated public health guidelines will require companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure customers get what they need and leave immediately. Barr said the ACT police would actively enforce the new requirements. “If you need to go to the hardware store, get in and get out quickly. And most people should not have to go to the hardware store today or tomorrow or the rest of this week. Please stay home,” Barr said. . . Police Superintendent Neil Gaughan said people who found themselves openly ignoring public health instructions would be fined. “I’m thinking again with the problem of especially hardware stores and the like, it’s actually the retailers who have asked us to give them more clarity,” said Deputy Commissioner Gaughan. Deputy Commissioner Gaughan said he was convinced that ACT Policing had the necessary resources to enforce the rules, despite a number of officers now in quarantine. “I have had communication with [Australian Federal Police] Commissioner Reece Kershaw in addition to supplementing our resources if necessary, “he said. Police issued three fines for violating public health on Monday and carried out 340 compliance checks and more than 600 traffic stops. Barr said the ACT government developed transitional plans for some industries, but construction will continue to be a prohibited activity. “We review our public health measures every single day, and when it is safe to make changes, we do so. But today is not that day. We are working on Covid -safe transition plans for the construction industry and for other businesses, “he said. Mr Barr said a 5-kilometer travel restriction for individuals was still a potential measure that the ACT could introduce.” But we do not think it is necessary today. The problem we are particularly focusing on is about too many people gathering too close together in a few retail settings, “he said. READ MORE: Barr highlighted the changes at a news conference Monday, but said the government should consult with the industry before they announced them.Monday, Mr Barr ruled out imposing a curfew.The prime minister had instead asked Canberrans to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Lockdowns are a documented measure to suppress chains of virus transmission. They have worked elsewhere in Australia and abroad, and if we do the right thing, it will work here in Canberra, “he said. READ MORE: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and the lockdown is free for everyone to access. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our Newsletters for regular updates Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:

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