New Strict COVID Rules Suddenly Introduced For ACT | Canberra weather

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The ACT government has tightened controls in an attempt to slow the accelerated spread of COVID. He said further measures may be needed in the coming days, including the return of restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Most category two and three elective surgeries at Calvary Public Hospital will be on hiatus for the next six to eight weeks, Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said. With the sudden tightening of regulations comes what the health minister called “increased pressure” on the healthcare system as more than 200 workers have been quarantined. From midday on Saturday, cafes, bars and nightclubs will only be allowed to operate with all customers seated while eating and drinking. Dancing will not be permitted. “Nightclubs will be able to function as bars within the existing density limits. However, dancing in these places will not be allowed,” a government statement issued on Friday evening said. “With COVID-19 cases across the border increasing rapidly and the ACT experiencing more than a thousand new cases today, these measures are needed to slow the spread of the virus,” the chief minister said Andrew Barr. “Mandatory masks, density limits and other public health measures for businesses and indoor locations will also continue. Events will continue with ACT Health working closely with event planners to ensure COVID security plans are in place. The ACT government has also “strongly advised” Canberrans to consider limiting gatherings indoors, including at home. “COVID-19 is not going away and as a community we are learning to live with it,” he said. said the Minister of Health. “However, we need everyone to continue to be responsible for how they run their social events by minimizing the size of home gatherings and staying in known social groups when they are away from home. home. ”If you can organize your gathering outside, do so. If your gathering is indoors, think about how many guests you are inviting. Keeping those numbers low, while practicing COVID safety measures such as continuing to wear a mask, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene, will help limit the spread of the virus. ”The ACT government has said it could “introduce other measures if necessary, including possible limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings.” Ms Stephen-Smith said the ACT health system was starting to come under increased pressure, with more than 230 health workers currently in operation. quarantine. “To support our frontline health workers, we had to make the very difficult decision to stop most elective category two and three surgeries at Calvary Public Hospital for the next six to eight weeks. action will redeploy additional health workers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. There will be no changes to elective surgeries at Canberra Hospital or in private ACT hospitals at the moment. “We will continue to monitor the situation and seek to reactivate non-essential elective surgeries at Calvary as soon as possible.” MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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