The ACT recorded the second highest fall in jobs in the nation the same week a new virus outbreak delayed the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Canberra.
Venues in Canberra are also concerned about what further delays to could mean for their businesses going forward.
Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday showed Victoria suffered the greatest decline in jobs between mid-June and mid-July, as the state went into a second lockdown due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases.
Payroll jobs in Victoria fell 2.2 per cent between June 13 and July 11, and 1.4 per cent in the week of July 4 and 11.
However the ACT was not far behind, with a 1.9 per cent fall in jobs between June 13 and July 11, and a 1.2 per cent decline between July 4 and 11.
This was a marked increase on job losses the week prior, when the number of payroll jobs fell 0.8 per cent between June 27 and July 4.
The increase in job losses coincided with the return of the virus to the territory, with three people testing positive for COVID-19 on July 8.
The territory had been due to ease coronavirus restrictions on July 10.
However chief health officer Kerryn Coleman decided to postpone the move to stage three restrictions due to the new outbreak.
Even with only one active case left in the territory on Monday, the ACT will not ease restrictions for at least another week.
The accommodation and food services industry has been the hardest hit by the pandemic in Canberra.
Jobs in the industry have fallen 19.8 per cent since March 14.
The Labor Club shuts all of its Canberra venues for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The Southern Cross Club will only open Wednesday to Sunday due to the restrictions as well, with hours for permanent staff cut by 40 per cent.
Austrian Australian Club manager Jason Ingram is afraid about what future delays will mean for his club.
The Mawson club has been closed since March, and had a false start for reopening leading up to July 10.
"That cost us $15,000 just to get ready to open. We needed a new reception desk, needed cleaning done, hand sanitisers printing of the signs. I don't even want to see that bill. Then they turned around and no sorry, we have five [COVID-19] cases," Mr Ingram said.
At this stage, only the bar section of the club is open. No one has lost their job, but only three staff members including Mr Ingram were eligible for JobKeeper. Seven more casual staff have been stood down but are able to work limited shifts.
"My staff - they'll come over for one or two shifts a week and you can see it in their faces. They're used to working eight hour days and three to four shifts a week," he said.
"You can see they are getting depressed. It's starting to take a toll on their mental health.
"[No one has left] yet but [some] will because they are going to get sick of staying home and waiting."
Mr Ingram is also concerned about the impact of the closure on regulars, especially older members who use the club to keep in contact with the rest of the Austrian community.
"Being a European club - a lot of them have closed in the last 4-5 years. If we don't open soon the Austrian culture in Canberra is going to blow to the wind," he said.
"It's a very family and community based club around the Austrians and we want to put that out there to the rest of the Canberra community."
While not the main driver of revenue another issue for Mr Ingram is not being able to reopen the poker machines which supplements the revenue of the club.
"It's strange to me that you can have a massage parlour open but you can't have the poker machines on," he said.
"If the current government thinks that not turning on poker machines will stop any gambling issues people have well they are very mistaken because everybody is going across the road to Queanbeyan or out to Eaglehawke."
Reopening the restaurant is another huge expense.
"Because we have been closed down for so long all of the food is gone," Mr Ingram said.
"It's a very expensive proposition to reopen our restaurant."
For Mr Ingram, the ability to confidently reopen the club is the key to the business's survival.
"We're a small club, we don't have a money tree out the back, we don't have millions in the bank," Mr Ingram said.
"If we don't open in the next month-and-a-half to two months - we'll be lucky if there's a club here at Christmas.
"I don't know what [reopening] is going to look like, I can only hope that people will come back in droves."