ACT’s COVID-19 lockdown is OVER! Canberra celebrates as new restrictions reign

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After more than two months, Canberra’s COVID lockdown has ended.

Restrictions were formally eased at midnight on Friday, allowing cafes, restaurants and pubs to reopen, while Canberrans can have up to five visitors at their homes.

Scroll down to see the full list of restrictions easing on Friday

But the reopening of the ACT has come with a warning from Chief Minister Andrew Barr of a rise in virus case numbers as movement increases across the territory.

“We have done a lot as a community, this next step needs to be taken carefully,” he told reporters.

“It does not mean the end of COVID risk, which is why the first step out of lockdown will be a gentle and measured step forward.”

The ACT’s COVID-19 restrictions were formally eased at midnight on Friday. Credit: AAP

While there has been some criticism the easing of lockdown restrictions are too cautious – with retail not able to reopen to customers in store until October 29 – Barr defended the measures, saying it put public health first.

“It ensures the safest activities are recommencing and the riskiest ones will wait until more of the population are fully vaccinated.”

The latest figures show 98.8 per cent of Canberrans aged over 12 have received one dose of the vaccine, while almost 75 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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