As the situation in New South Wales continues to worsen, the ACT Government will make the wearing of face masks when out in the community mandatory.
In the ACT, there are no active cases. However, since the safety of our community is important, we are bringing this requirement as a preventative measure to support the strengthened travel restrictions we have implemented.
This new rule requires individuals to wear a face mask while they are with people they do not normally live or work with, or when they are on public transportation.
For Example, Masks Must Be Worn in:
● supermarkets, shopping malls, and retail,
● hospitality establishments such as restaurants, cafés and other licensed establishments,
● other restricted business activities that come into close contact with the public, such as hairdressers, beauty and tanning salons, and gyms
● high-risk environments, such as hospitals and old age homes
For hospitality venues, mask requirements will be consistent with those presently in effect in regional NSW, which means that workers who come into contact with customers must always wear a mask. While customers are highly urged to wear masks while inside the venue, they may remove them to eat and drink.
Along with wearing a face mask, the community reminds of all the other important steps they can take to be COVID-free.
First and foremost, if you are sick, stay at home and get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms. When you’re out in Canberra, make sure you’re checking in with the CBR app. Maintain a safe distance from others in busy areas.
New Advice For Northern Territory
Travel directions between sections of the Northern Territory (NT) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are being established in response to the COVID-19 situation in the NT and to coincide with the NT Government’s stay-at-home directives.
Travel instructions will complement the NT Government’s efforts to end the spread of COVID-19 in the Territory.
Residents of the ACT returning from the City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, and Litchfield LGAs in the Northern Territory, including the Darwin rural region, will be subject to a stay-at-home order in the ACT.