With the ACT having reached 95% double dose vaccinations, the next stage of the ACT’s Pathway Forward has been brought forward to 11:59pm, Thursday 11 November 2021. 

From this new milestone, several restrictions will be easing, putting the ACT at almost pre-pandemic levels.

There will be no limits on home visits or informal gatherings.

Indoor and outdoor entertaining venues with fixed seating will be able to host events at 100% seated capacity.

Restrictions on cinemas and swimming pools will be relaxed.

Organised sport can recommence with a 1 person per 2sqm density limit in indoor settings.

The ACT will also move to a default 1 person per 2sqm density limit across most indoor settings and industries, including hospitality and retail.

No density limits will apply in outdoor spaces for most activities and events will be able to have more people before requiring an exemption.

Drinking while standing will be permitted at licensed venues, cafes and restaurants.

Nightclubs can also reopen with dancing being being permitted.

These baseline measures are anticipated to remain in place over the Christmas period and will be reviewed in late January 2022.

Progressively over the weeks ahead, and at the start of 2022, many business operating under work from home arrangements will return to the office – including many ACT Government Directorates.

Face masks will only be required in high risk settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities, on public transport, and in schools and some business settings. However, wearing a face mask is a simple and practical way to minimise transmission of the virus, and the Government will be encouraging Canberrans to continue wearing face masks indoors in crowded settings.

The full summary of restrictions from 11:59pm Thursday 11 November 2021 is available here.

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