ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced some retail businesses would be allowed to operate for contactless pick-up or delivery from midnight.
“Small retail businesses will be able to have a maximum of two people into their premises to operate a local contactless delivery service or a click-and-collect service,” he said during Friday’s COVID-19 press conference.
Residents in ACT will see an easing of some restrictions from Saturday 12.01am with a return to construction on September 3. Picture: Matt Blyth/Getty Images
But he advised allowing this would mean some larger businesses will be forced to move to contactless click and collect or delivery services.
It will include hardware stores, pet supply stores and office supply stores.
Mr Barr revealed the government have been speaking with people in the construction industry over the past two weeks as they aim to get tradies back to work on September 3.
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“The feedback we have received from the sector is that they are committed to enacting the strictest COVID-safe arrangements that would enable a staged reopening of construction,” he said.
“This gradual recommencement would start with civil construction — new roads and suburban infrastructure for example — and would also include the manufacturing, fabrication, testing, and equipment supply that will enable construction projects to recommence.
“Large scale construction projects on large site footprints will also be involved in this work.”
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has ruled out leaving lockdown before the proposed date of Thursday September 2. Picture: Matt King – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images
The ACT recorded 21 locally acquired cases on Friday with six of those infectious while in the community. The new cases take the total outbreak to 211 cases.
Fifteen infections have been linked to known outbreaks and 14 of those were household contacts.
There are 11 COVID-19 cases hospitalised with one person in intensive care in a critical condition.
Two cases have now recovered, bringing down the number of active cases from 211 to 209.
“Given we’re at that timeframe, we will be able to report on the recovery of cases every day moving forward,” ACT Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said.
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Mr Barr ruled out lifting stay-at-home health orders earlier than Thursday September 2.
“So I need to repeat that we remain in lockdown and the reason for the lockdown is to restrict the interaction between people as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus,” he said.
“So these amendments to the public health directions allow a small amount of additional activity at a small business level.”
He added students were likely to return to school this year but not this term.

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