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Federal income support for ACT due to end

Some Canberrans will lose hundreds of dollars in income support payments over the next fortnight after the federal government removed the territory from its COVID-19 hotspot list.

The ACT eclipsed the 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate on Monday, which triggered the tapering of the disaster payments.

The maximum payment of $750 a week will reduce to $450 and then to $320 before ending in two weeks.

But there may be some respite after Chief Minister Andrew Barr flagged the easing of restrictions could be brought forward after the vaccination milestone was met.

Mr Barr will announce what the vaccination rate means for local restrictions on Tuesday.

An increase to household visitors and the number of people in venues, as well as more businesses being allowed to open, is scheduled for October 29.

The commonwealth will continue its 50 per cent cost-sharing arrangement for COVID-19 related impacts on hospital and state public health authorities with all states and territories.

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