Posted on 14 September 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi
The ACT Government has announced the current lockdown will be extended by 4 weeks, until 11.59pm, Friday 15 October. A mid-point review will be undertaken in 2 weeks.
There are slight changes to the restrictions which includes increased COVIDSafe small business activity such as contactless click and collect and online delivery as well as some additional outdoor activity such as social golf and tennis. There have been no announcements regarding changes to mental health care. Telehealth remains the recommended option during lockdown.
There will be an extension and expansion of financial supports for individuals and businesses. We will provide more information on this soon.
Regarding schools, the ACT government has a plan for the first four weeks of term 4.
Year 12 students who have had priority access to vaccinations over the last two weeks will return to on-campus learning from the start of term 4 (October 5). Year 11 students will return to on-campus learning from week 3 (October 18). This is subject to the health situation not deteriorating between now and then.
ACT students from preschool to Year 10 will continue remote learning for at least the first four weeks of term 4.
The 2021-22 ACT Budget will be delivered on 6 October, and we will be liaising with the government to prioritise mental health funding.
AAPi is here to support you, please get in touch if you have any questions or need to talk. We will get through this together.