From Friday, Canberrans will again be allowed to welcome up to 2 visitors inside their home, at any one time, under an easing of the Territory’s lockdown rules.

It’s welcome news for those who’ve been missing spending time with friends and family but as lockdown continues, Canberrans are being reminded that rules remain in place.

As part of the changes, ACT Health says visitors entering a home are still required to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing.

“The Public Health Direction requires people to carry a face mask and wear a face mask at all times when outside of their residence.”

Exemptions are in place for their removal when eating and drink and undertaking strenuous exercise.

There are no time limits on visits and visitors do not need to be the same two people every time but authorities are again calling for common sense.

“Please try to minimise the number of different people coming to your house as we continue to manage the current outbreak.”

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The limit of two people includes children, however, if you are the parent or guardian of more than one child, and you cannot leave them unattended, you are permitted to take them with you.

If children from the same household are visiting another household for childcare purposes, then more than two children can visit at once.

ACT Health has complied a list of answers to commonly asked questions about the changes to home visits on their Facebook page.

Under the easing of lockdown rules, non-essential retail will be able to operate click & collect services.

The time limit on outdoor activity will be doubled to 4 hours and the Territory’s nature parks and reserves will also be reopened.

Areas reopening to the public on Friday 1 October include:

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  • Namadgi National Park
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Lower Cotter
  • Murrumbidgee River corridor

ACT parks and Conservation Executive Branch Manager, Daniel Iglesias, has also stressed the need for common sense when heading out to enjoy the great outdoors.

“Please also carefully plan your trips, including hikes and walks, to make sure you can get home within the time allowed for outdoor recreation.”

“If we start to see an excessively high number of visitors that could pose a covid-safety risk, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service may need to close the area to the public, without warning.”

The changes, outlined in the ACT’s ‘Pathway Forward’, come into effect from 12:01am Friday 1 October.

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