Masks here to stay: ACT health officials

Mask-wearing isn’t going anywhere in Canberra as the ACT progressively relaxes restrictions from Friday.

© Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS Take-off time for mask-wearing in Canberra is some way off yet as the ACT eases some restrictions.

The territory recorded 13 local cases on Tuesday, 11 of which could be linked.

Just one person was in quarantine the whole time and at least seven were partly in the community while infectious.

Restrictions will ease slightly from Friday, with household visitors capped at two and outdoor recreation increased to four hours. 

Lockdown is slated to end at 11.59pm on October 14, after which up to five people can visit a home and 25 people can gather outdoors. 

Pubs, restaurants, places of worship and hairdressers will be among the venues allowed to reopen with density limits.

ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman says compulsory mask-wearing will remain.

“It’s going to be really important and central moving forward, particularly in things like public transport, in higher density indoor gatherings,” she told reporters.

‘So bear with us and get used to those masks.”

The ACT anticipates travel resuming with NSW and Victoria before Christmas, but expects to remain locked out of relatively COVID-free jurisdictions for longer.

ACT Policing said officers would continue to enforce compliance including with the territory’s border crossings, masks, check-ins and businesses.

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