Avoid large crowds, especially in shopping malls.
The ACT government is once again reminding Canberrans of the fairly simple direction after hordes of people rushed to shopping centres across the city on Saturday.
On Friday the government announced a slight easing in restrictions whereby Canberrans could gather in groups of up to 10 people, being mindful to keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible.
But on Saturday shopping centres across the capital were packed with people.
An ACT government spokeswoman said they were aware that many Canberrans had attended shopping centres and police were out and about to ensure the public was aware of current restrictions and guidelines.
"Our public messaging continues to advise the community that they need to practise good hand hygiene and maintain the 1.5-metre physical distancing measures. We have also been in contact with many Canberra businesses to inform them of the current restrictions and physical distancing measures in place," the spokeswoman said.
"It is important that Canberrans follow physical distancing measures at all times when out in public. This includes in shopping centres, on public transport, or while waiting for takeaway coffee or food. Going shopping in large groups is not permitted."
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks it was essential for all Canberrans to remember the following four requirements:
- Avoid large crowds, especially in shopping malls - gather in groups of no more than 10 people;
- Keep 1.5 metres whenever possible;
- Continue good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly; and
- Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
An ACT Policing spokesman said officers were continuing to police the COVID-19 restrictions but no infringements had been issued to date.
"ACT Policing officers have been out in the community today to ensure members of the public are aware of current restrictions and recent changes to Health Directions," the spokesman said.
"There continues to be general compliance with the current restrictions however Canberrans are urged to consult the ACT Government COVID-19 website if in doubt."