Government Announces Easing Of Restrictions


The ACT Government has followed other jurisdictions by announcing an easing of restrictions.

The announcement includes restrictions easing in certain areas across four dates starting from 6:00pm tonight:

  • All density limits that currently apply to restricted businesses and activities will be removed, and there will no longer be a requirement for businesses to display signage for capacity limits.
  • The requirement for patrons to be seated while eating and drinking in hospitality and licensed venues will be removed, and dancing will be permitted.
  • Ticketing and preregistration requirements for events will be removed.
  • Employees can return to the workplace where it suits them and their employer.

On Monday 21 February:

  • Elective surgery will resume at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, with a gradual return to full capacity in following days. (Non-essential elective surgery ceased at Calvary Public Hospital (but not at Canberra Hospital) on January 7 due to the impact of the Omicron wave.)

From 11.59pm Monday 21 February:

  • The mandatory quarantine period for unvaccinated international travellers will be reduced to seven days.  Exemptions for unvaccinated travellers to enter the ACT to complete their quarantine period will continue to be required.
  • The requirement for international travellers to complete an online declaration form will be removed.
  • Testing requirements and restrictions on entering high-risk settings for international travellers will remain.

From 11.59pm Friday 25 February:

  • There will be changes to the current requirements to wear a face mask in indoor spaces, with further details to be announced next week.
  • Exemption requirements for all events will also be removed. However, events of more than 5,000 people will be asked to submit their COVID Safety Plans to ACT Health for review.

Check In CBR will still be required at businesses where it is currently mandated, and all businesses are still required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

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