Lock down protocaol for Birders

To: 'Adam Spence' <>, 'Sue Lashko' <>, "" <>
Subject: Lock down protocaol for Birders
From: Steve Read via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:15:07 +0000

Thanks Adam


That helps in regards to enforceability. But in regards to clarity, the ACT Covid website and the Chief Minister’s statements are not at all vague about how we should behave.


To broaden the discussion, I always find it interesting how the community contains two groups of people, those who prefer their life to be organised around rules (the MUST crowd) and those who organise their life around morality and ethics (the SHOULD crowd).


And to bring the discussion back to birds and birding, I see this as a real opportunity to seek out new and previously unvisited birding sites within one’s region.


Regards to all




From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Adam Spence via Canberrabirds
Sent: Saturday, 18 September 2021 12:36 PM
To: Sue Lashko <>
Cc: Committee COG <>; COG Chat <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Lock down protocaol for Birders


Hi Sue,


While I strongly support people following the guidance of remaining in their own local region of the ACT, Peter is correct that it is not an enforceable rule.


While the website acts as a guide, what is and isn’t enforceable and the exact nature of each rule is contained in the Public Health Order itself. And that order does not make reference to regions.





On Sat, 18 Sep 2021 at 12:09 pm, Sue Lashko via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

I think the ACT Govt website is quite clear (see below), even if the chances of transmitting or contracting Covid are low when you are outdoors.  


Essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown include:

·         to buy essential groceries and medicine

·         to access essential healthcare including in-home care

·         for essential work

·         to exercise outdoors for two hours per day in your region 

·         to get a COVID-19 test

·         to get a COVID-19 vaccination.


On Sat, 18 Sept 2021 at 11:44, Peter Higgins <> wrote:

The rule is a little vague.  The exercise/recreation outdoors for two hours in your region appears to be a “SHOULD” not a “MUST”.


You can gather in groups of up to 5 for a duration of up to 2 hours for recreational purposes;  No locational “restriction" applies.  


The ACT Government has simply suggested that you SHOULD keep to your region for the benefit of the community and to restrict any potential spread.


In the case of a rare bird identified in a location outside your region, then you are not breaking any rules and I feel that you need to see it particularly if you are travelling there in your own car, and you are outside and not mixing it with other people (though you can in a group of up to 5 strangers).




Peter Higgins


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