ACT Lockdown

On 12 August 2021, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced a seven-day lockdown from 5:00pm. This is the first lockdown the Territory has experienced in 13 months and follows a positive case of COVID-19, detected overnight.

The lockdown will remain in place until 5:00pm on Thursday 19 August 2021.


People in the ACT can only leave their home for the following five essential reasons:

  • Undertaking essential work
  • Obtaining essential health care, including a COVID-19 test, or receiving a scheduled COVID- 19 vaccination
  • Shopping for essentials such as groceries, medicine, and supplies that are essential for personal needs or for vulnerable people
  • Exercising outdoors for no more than one hour per day, with one other person, or your household group
  • Providing essential caregiving services

Face masks are also required and must be worn by everyone aged over 12 years when outside the home.


Following discussions with Chief Minister Barr and the Prime Minister, a business support package will be put in place, similar to that of other jurisdictions.

Non-essential businesses, including non-essential retail must close for the duration of the lockdown. Hospitality will be able to serve take-away items.

This also means that those able to work from home are required to do so. In addition, Schools will close. Measures are in place to provide schooling for at-risk students or students of essential workers who can still attend school.


Federal Parliament remains scheduled to return for the last sitting fortnight of the month on Monday 23 August 2021.

Surrounding Residents

Certain residents living in the surrounding NSW region may enter the ACT for essential work and healthcare reasons only.

The following postcodes are part of this consideration:

2581Gunning, Collector
2582Murrumbateman, Yass
2618Wallaroo, areas along the ACT’s north-western edge
2620Queanbeyan, Googong, Karabar, Sutton, Gundaroo
2623Captains Flat
2626Bredbo and Michelago

A full list of the contact tracing is available here. Please note these exposure locations will be updated regularly.

A full list detailing business and community restrictions can be found here.

For further information, please contact your Hawker Britton consultant Simon Banks on +61 419 638 587.

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