Restrictions on cafes and restaurants to be lifted in the ACT

Cafe or Restaurant

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced the ACT Government’s intention to further ease restrictions, including restrictions on cafes and restaurants, from midnight on Friday, 15 May.

This is in line with the Directions outlined in step one of the COVIDSafe Plan, endorsed by National Cabinet last week.

Venues will be allowed to seat up to 10 patrons at one time if they can follow physical distancing. The number of patrons will be gradually increased over the coming months in line with the national plan, making it economic for more businesses over time.

We understand from discussions with industry and local businesses that, for many, operating with a maximum of 10 patrons will not be viable. Local hospitality businesses are encouraged to reopen only if the model works for them. Choosing to remain closed or operate with take-away and/or delivery services only for now will have no impact on their ability to consider reopening later as the maximum seated occupancy increases in the coming months.

Those that do choose to open under these restrictions will help provide learnings as the ACT Government continue to work with the hospitality industry on COVID-safe transition planning.

For a full list of the measures to be introduced from midnight on Friday 15 May, visit the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.

 Canberrans are reminded of the four requirements in any situation they face in the coming weeks:

  • Avoid large crowds – gather in groups of no more than 10 people
  • Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible
  • Continue good hand hygiene
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms