26 September 2023

Fight against COVID enters next phase

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The Chief Minister, Andrew Barr (pictured) has released details of the Territory’s next phase of response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Mr Barr said the Territory was now learning to manage health risks, whilst driving the recovery of Canberra, “from our economy through to our wellbeing”.

“Canberra’s Recovery Plan starts with the easing of restrictions, moving from stage one restrictions into the gradual implementation of stage two from midnight on Friday 29 May,” Mr Barr said.

“Work is continuing with industry stakeholders on the relevant measures that impact them,” he said.

“However, as we have done throughout this process, we will ultimately take the advice from health professionals on the implementation of measures to protect our community.”

Mr Barr said the Plan would include more jobs for Canberrans as well as continuing the fast tracked infrastructure projects.

He said changes to Government policy would also form part of Canberra’s recovery.

“We will do this as necessary, ensuring we are delivering the greatest support to industries most impacted by COVID-19,” he said.

“This will include measures to reduce the cost of living for Canberra households and Canberra businesses.”

Mr Barr said increased support for community service providers, more investment in mental healthcare and an emphasis on ensuring the ACT remained a liveable, inclusive city would be part of the Plan.

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