Rule-breaking ACT businesses face closure

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Canberra businesses caught repeatedly flouting lockdown restrictions could be shut down as the ACT records 13 new coronavirus infections.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has expressed dismay at a small number of businesses continuing to ignore public health orders.

Eight out of 10 businesses inspected on Sunday were found not to be complying.

The problem was mostly mask wearing in hospitality venues.

"This is a problem. We are now moving beyond warnings," the chief minister told reporters.

"Repeat offenders will have to be closed."

The ACT is due to achieve a 50 per cent vaccination rate for over-12s this week.

It comes as children down to that age can be booked in for a Pfizer shot at government clinics from next Monday.

But they could be waiting until October or November, with parents encouraged to head to a GP for faster access instead.

Bookings for Moderna shots for 12- to- 15- year- olds are also set to open when supplies arrive in coming weeks.

There are 25,000 children in that age cohort in Canberra.

Of those, 650 who are considered vulnerable with underlying health conditions have received a first dose.

Meanwhile, the ACT's vaccination rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents is lagging behind the rest of the population.

As of last Monday, 36.5 per cent were fully immunised and nearly 58 per cent partially vaccinated.

It comes as the reception areas of Canberra's Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service is listed as a casual exposure site.

Mr Barr is due to unveil the timeline and steps to ease restrictions on Tuesday, three days out from the scheduled end of the twice-extended lockdown.

Some additional freedoms have already been granted, including small outdoor gatherings.

The chief minister has consistently sought to temper community expectations, saying the next steps will be gradual and cautious.

One of the factors being considered includes the number of people out and about while infectious.

At least 10 of Monday's latest cases were not in quarantine the whole time.

Seven were linked to existing infections of known clusters.

Of 245 active cases, nine are in hospital, with three in intensive care including one requiring ventilation.

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