ACT records nine new COVID-19 cases as Canberra experiences its first weekend of eased restrictions

ACT has registered nine new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

There are nine people in the hospital with the virus, five of them in intensive care, all requires ventilation.

The proportion of the population over the age of 12 who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has increased to 92.3 pct.

Canberrans experience their first weekend with significantly relaxed restrictions during the next step forward in ACT’s COVID-19 road.

The eased restrictions allow more people to gather in households and outdoors, and allow businesses such as cinemas, galleries and theaters to reopen.

Fitness classes and team sports are also allowed to resume.

1,133 negative test results were received within the last 24 hours.

Record weekend with auctions across ACT

Close-up of a sign advertising a house for sale in Brisbane.
Public health restrictions will still apply to those wishing to participate in an auction. (ABC News: Sarah Motherwell)

After a nine-week lockdown, the auctions are back on the cards for those who want to buy in ACT.

Michelle Tynan, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of ACT, said they expected a record weekend for auctions.

“And yet it’s a result of a backlog of properties that for one reason or another could not enter the market during the shutdown,” Tynan said.

Public health restrictions will still apply to those wishing to participate in an auction, with capacity constraints across venues and requirements for one person per auction. 4 square meters within properties.

For outdoor auctions, the rule of one person per. 2 square meters.

However, it is no longer necessary to book time to attend an auction.

“At this point, I think … the best management of both consumer safety and staff safety at the auctions, we might want to look at registered bidders who only attend these auctions to make sure we don’t have too many people in one room,” said Mrs. Tynan.

And for people who are not yet willing to attend an auction in person, there are still opportunities to bid through their agents.

“There is still ample opportunity for people to participate in the auction the way they want and they can have their opportunity to buy the perfect home.”

Trick-or-treat: COVID-safe ways to enjoy Halloween

A woman in a disposable face mask walks in front of a fake skull and pumpkin laid out for Halloween.
ACT Health has reminded Canberrans that anyone who feels unwell should stay home this Halloween. (Reuters: Fabrizio Bensch)

Halloween celebration is also on the cards this weekend – but in a COVID-safe way.

ACT Health has reminded Canberrans that anyone who feels uncomfortable should stay home.

But they have suggested the following ways to enjoy the day without coming home with more than one sweet treat.

  • Demonstrate good hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Keep 1.5 meters from other groups
  • Wear a mask, take rubbing alcohol and use it often
  • Go trick or treat with people you know and avoid gathering in large groups
  • If you want to hand out treats: use individually wrapped lollipops, and consider other ways to distribute them – such as leaving them on a fence, front gate or driveway
  • If you are isolating yourself or do not want to celebrate Halloween this year, put a sign on your door

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