Hunting for an necessary reason to depart your dwelling throughout ACT’s COVID-19 lockdown? This is a reminder of what you can and cannot do

As Canberra enters its fourth complete day of lockdown, you may be looking for an important rationale to leave your property — even if it is just for a improve of landscapes.

The ACT’s lockdown has been prolonged until eventually at minimum September 2, after 19 new COVID-19 scenarios were being recorded right away, taking the whole variety of energetic scenarios in the capital to 28, and offering individuals all the far more motive to keep residence. 

ACT Overall health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith urged Canberrans very last 7 days not to “search for a loophole” in the vital factors.

And now Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan reminded Canberrans to check the ACT Health and fitness web-site to find out what they could and could not do, in its place of calling emergency providers.

So, let us revisit when you might be authorized to head out your front door.

Why can I leave my house? 

ACT inhabitants can only go away their dwelling for these essential factors:

  • To store for necessities like groceries and drugs and supplies that are vital for private requires or for susceptible people
  • To get hold of vital overall health care, which includes to undertake a COVID-19 test or obtain a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination
  • To exercise outdoor for no additional than one particular hour for every day, with one other particular person, or your home group
  • To offer vital caregiving expert services
  • To undertake vital do the job

And Canberrans need to have on a mask when undertaking these activities.   

The only exceptions are all through “demanding work out”, if you are underneath 12 years of age, or have a legitimate medical explanation.

Most development web pages do not count as “necessary” work and Worksafe ACT is cracking down on men and women discovered on web sites when they should not be.(

ABC Information: Chris Gillette


Is my work considered critical? 

The ACT govt has outlined who is classified as an important worker.

Some of these contain:

  • Critical wellness personnel
  • Funerary or mortuary workers 
  • Crisis companies employees
  • Community transportation employees, such as taxis, rideshare drivers
  • Some construction workers, exclusively, all those working on projects that are necessary to “retain or guard human health, security and wellbeing”
  • Federal, state or community govt personnel determined to be essential 
  • Hotel, motel or other lodging personnel

Whilst some design workers are considered important, most are not, and Worksafe ACT is cracking down on all those located on developing web-sites when they must not be. 

Perform Health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius said various folks had already been caught undertaking non-necessary construction work during the lockdown.

“All function on commercial and residential construction web pages should stop to assistance breaking the chain of infection in the territory,” she mentioned.

Can I travel for physical exercise? 

No, not definitely.

Mont 24 ride at Kowen Forest
Canberrans can go mountain biking if they are living in close proximity to one particular of the ACT’s tracks. (

ABC News: Ian Cutmore


Whilst Canberrans are permitted to head outside to work out for up to one particular hour for each day, you should do so in your community area. 

So, whilst mountain biking at Mount Stromlo would be regarded as physical exercise, travelling there from a northern suburb like Charnwood would not be authorized.

It’s also truly worth noting that some of the ACT’s parks and reserves are shut, which include Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Namadgi Nationwide Park, Uriarra Crossing and Kambah Pool. 

Can I go to the idea?

With excess time at home, you may have used the weekend gardening or sorting out junk that you’re eager to apparent out.

But you are going to have to keep onto your undesirable merchandise for a tiny though longer, as the recycling drop off centres, the Mugga and Mitchell Useful resource Management Centres (together with the Eco-friendly Shed and green waste drop-off), the Parkwood Street inexperienced squander fall off facility, and Soft Landings mattress recycling, are closed until eventually further more notice.

The Green Shed Mitchell
The Inexperienced Drop at Mitchell is closed throughout the lockdown. (

666 ABC Canberra: Hannah Walmsley


If you’re getting or selling objects on Gumtree or giving items absent on your area Buy Very little Team, then delay exchanging the items till soon after the lockdown lifts.

The very same goes for in-man or woman donations to charities such as Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army.

Can I buy materials for my Do-it-yourself projects?

Hardware retailers are open up for essential business enterprise, but as Main Minister Andrew Barr put it final week, “this is not an chance to browse Bunnings”.

So, if you require tools to fix an urgent leak in your lavatory, by all signifies, head to the outlets.

But if you are simply contemplating it would be pleasant to establish some new guides shelves in your residing room, the shelves can wait.

Can I still donate blood?

Indeed, and be sure to do.

Man lying back at blood donation centre.
Canberrans are being urged to retain their blood donation appointments. (

ABC News: Ian Cutmore


Canberra’s blood financial institutions have observed cancellations skyrocket since the town locked down. 

But donating blood is regarded as an important services, so you can even now do it, and the bonus is you can do so with a mate. 

“If you happen to be properly and your pal is very well, why not make an appointment together — come and donate and do that fast minor catch-up,” Sally Gavin from Red Cross Lifeblood said.

“A donate day.”

Can I get my poor dog a bone?

Sure, if the cupboard is bare.

A small dog chews on a bone-shaped piece of dog food.
Canberrans are permitted to go to the pet store to stock up on provides for their animals. (

Pixabay: SNGPhotography: CC0


Pet retailers and livestock offer merchants continue being open up.

You can also enjoy a stroll about the block with your four-legged good friend as component of your a single hour of outdoor work out.  

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