October 14, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

The national capital will come out of lockdown tonight after more than two months, with small freedoms allowed for Canberrans.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to operate with up to 25 patrons inside or 50 outdoors. Non-essential retail will be able to welcome two people from household at a time, via appointment.

Canberra has the highest first dose vaccination rate against COVID-19 in the country, with over 90 percent of residents having received at least one dose. Almost 76 percent have received two doses.

Yesterday the state recorded 51 locally acquired cases amongst its 431,000 population.

From October 29, the state can expect to see a more meaningful restart to events, with up to 500 people permitted to attend outdoor and indoor seated events and up to 150 people able to attend indoor events without fixed seating. Indoor capacities will operate at 75 percent of fixed seating or at one person per four square metres for unseated events.

Hospitality venues will be able to have up to 100 people inside at one per four square metres or 150 outside at one per two square metres.

Larger events are likely to be permitted from late November or early December.