After 9 weeks of stay-at-home orders, the ACT’s lockdown will officially come to an end at 11:59pm tonight (Thursday 14 October).

Some restrictions will remain in place as COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase across the Territory.

Here’s what you’ll be able to do from Friday:

Leaving the Home

  • Restrictions that limited Canberrans to only leaving the home for approved essential reasons will be removed.


  • You’ll be able to welcome up to 5 visitors to your home at any one time.
  • Outdoor gatherings can go ahead in groups of up to 25 people.


  • There will be no limit to how far you can travel within the ACT.
  • An expanded ‘borber bubble’ in the surrounding NSW region will be in place, allowing Canberrans to leave the ACT for work, healthcare, childcare, weddings, funerals and to visit another household.
  • However, some of those rules, allowing non-essential visits across the border are dependent on New South Wales removing the ACT as a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Canberrans who travel beyond the border bubble in NSW will also be subject to stay-at-home orders upon your return to the ACT.


  • A gradual return to the office can begin, to be negotiated between you and your employer.


  • Remaining Year 11 and 12 students return to classrooms from Monday 18 October
  • Pre-school, year 1, year 2, year 6, year 9 and year 10 return to classrooms from Monday 25 October.
  • Remaining year groups return from 1 November.


  • Shops must continue to operate click & collect/delivery services only – in store shopping won’t return until 29 October.

Beauty Services

  • Hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapy, day spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning, tattoo and body modifications services can resume with up to 5 clients at any one time.


  • Licensed venues, cafes and restaurants can reopen with up to 25 people indoors or 1 person per 4 sqm (whichever is smaller) OR up to 50 outdoors or 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Food courts can reopen for takeaway.


  • Gyms can reopen for up to 25 people at a time inline with density limits, classes remain banned for now.

Entertainment / Recreation

  • Libraries can reopen with up to 25 people.
  • Gambling venues can reopen, nightclubs and dancing remain off limits.
  • Outdoors play centres to reopen.
  • Campgrounds, caravan parks and camp sites to reopen.


  • Weddings can go ahead with up to 25 people indoors or outdoors, with dancing allowed at weddings.
  • Funerals are permitted with up to 50 people indoors or outdoors.
  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies can go ahead with up to 25 people.


  • Face coverings need to continue being worn indoors and outdoors when outside your home.

Another easing of restrictions will come into effect two weeks later from 29 October.

Further information about restrictions in the ACT can be found online here.

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