Wed. Dec 8th, 2021

As Canberra enters its fourth total working day of lockdown, you might be on the lookout for an crucial rationale to depart your dwelling — even if it is just for a adjust of landscapes.

The ACT’s lockdown has been extended right until at the very least September 2, immediately after 19 new COVID-19 situations have been recorded overnight, taking the overall selection of energetic situations in the capital to 28, and giving men and women all the a lot more explanation to continue to be residence. 

ACT Health and fitness Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith urged Canberrans previous 7 days not to “glance for a loophole” within the important causes.

And now Chief Law enforcement Officer Neil Gaughan reminded Canberrans to test the ACT Overall health site to locate out what they could and could not do, as a substitute of calling crisis products and services.

So, let us revisit when you are permitted to head out your entrance door.

Why can I depart my home? 

ACT inhabitants can only depart their home for these essential factors:

  • To shop for essentials like groceries and medicine and provides that are essential for personal demands or for vulnerable people today
  • To get vital wellbeing care, which includes to undertake a COVID-19 exam or get a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination
  • To training outdoors for no extra than a person hour for each day, with 1 other individual, or your residence group
  • To present essential caregiving companies
  • To undertake vital perform

And Canberrans must don a mask when undertaking these actions.   

The only exceptions are all through “demanding training”, if you are below 12 years of age, or have a legitimate medical motive.

Most construction sites don’t depend as “critical” work and Worksafe ACT is cracking down on folks observed on sites when they should not be.(

ABC Information: Chris Gillette


Is my work considered essential? 

The ACT government has outlined who is categorised as an essential worker.

Some of these contain:

  • Necessary overall health workers
  • Funerary or mortuary workers 
  • Unexpected emergency companies workers
  • Community transportation workers, which includes taxis, rideshare drivers
  • Some construction workers, especially, those people operating on projects that are needed to “sustain or shield human wellbeing, protection and wellbeing”
  • Federal, point out or area government personnel identified to be essential 
  • Resort, motel or other accommodation workers

Even though some design workers are deemed critical, most are not, and Worksafe ACT is cracking down on those located on building internet sites when they should really not be. 

Perform Overall health and Safety Commissioner Jacqueline Agius said many folks had already been caught undertaking non-crucial development do the job all through the lockdown.

“All get the job done on industrial and residential design sites ought to stop to guidance breaking the chain of infection in the territory,” she explained.

Can I travel for exercising? 

No, not seriously.

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

ABC News: Ian Cutmore


Even though Canberrans are permitted to head outdoor to training for up to one hour for every day, you need to do so in your area region. 

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

It truly is also worthy of noting that some of the ACT’s parks and reserves are closed, which include Tidbinbilla Mother nature Reserve, Namadgi Nationwide Park, Uriarra Crossing and Kambah Pool. 

Can I go to the suggestion?

With extra time at house, you may have expended the weekend gardening or sorting out junk that you’re eager to clear out.

But you are going to have to hold on to your undesirable merchandise for a minor while for a longer period, as the recycling fall off centres, the Mugga and Mitchell Resource Management Centres (which include the Environmentally friendly Get rid of and green squander drop-off), the Parkwood Street green squander fall off facility, and Soft Landings mattress recycling, are closed until eventually further notice.

The Green Shed Mitchell
The Eco-friendly Drop at Mitchell is closed through the lockdown. (

666 ABC Canberra: Hannah Walmsley


If you are obtaining or promoting objects on Gumtree or offering issues away on your community Acquire Almost nothing Team, then hold off exchanging the products until just after the lockdown lifts.

The similar goes for in-human being donations to charities this sort of as Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Military.

Can I get materials for my Diy projects?

Components shops are open up for necessary enterprise, but as Main Minister Andrew Barr put it past week, “this is not an prospect to browse Bunnings”.

So, if you will need gear to deal with an urgent leak in your rest room, by all suggests, head to the shops.

But if you are simply thinking it would be nice to develop some new textbooks shelves in your residing home, the cabinets can hold out.

Can I continue to donate blood?

Of course, and remember to do.

Man lying back at blood donation centre.
Canberrans are getting urged to keep their blood donation appointments. (

ABC Information: Ian Cutmore


Canberra’s blood banking institutions have found cancellations skyrocket because the city locked down. 

But donating blood is regarded as an essential support, so you can nonetheless do it, and the reward is you can do so with a good friend. 

“If you are properly and your pal is nicely, why not make an appointment together — come and donate and do that rapid tiny catch-up,” Sally Gavin from Red Cross Lifeblood mentioned.

“A donate date.”

Can I buy my poor canine 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 retailer to inventory up on materials for their animals. (

Pixabay: SNGPhotography: CC0


Pet retailers and livestock supply stores stay open up.

You can also enjoy a stroll about the block with your 4-legged good friend as component of your a single hour of out of doors exercise.  

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