What you can do in the ACT

What you can do

  • There is no limit on household visitors.
  • All businesses and venues can have 25 people across the entire venue.
  • If businesses and venues want to have more than 25 people across their venue, they must apply the one person per two square metres of usable space rule.
  • All retail settings, including supermarkets, department stores, petrol stations, take away services other retail settings, public transport and taxi and ride share transport services and restricted businesses, venues and events must register for and use the Check In CBR app to collect contact details of anyone aged 16 years or over and on the premises (including staff).
  • Businesses that don’t register for Check In CBR will no longer be compliant with the public health direction and penalties may apply.
  • It is mandatory for anyone over the age of 16 years to check in with Check In CBR (including staff).
  • Patrons can stand while eating and drinking in indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Nightclubs must operate in accordance with the conditions in place for licensed venues.
  • Cinemas and Movie Theatres can sell seated tickets at 100% capacity of each individual cinema or movie theatre (excluding any staff on premises) subject to having an endorsed COVID Safety Plan.
  • All Theatre-Style Venues (with fixed tiered seating) can have events up to 100% capacity, subject to updated COVID Safety Plans being endorsed by the ACT Chief Health Officer. Density to remain at 75% until a COVID Safety Plan has been endorsed.
  • Where more than one performance is being held in the venue, COVID Safety Plans must ensure start, finish and interval times are staggered and appropriate cleaning is undertaken, particularly of shared lobby and bathroom spaces.
  • At all venues, queues and crowding should be carefully managed and patrons should be encouraged to follow COVID Safe practices.
  • For Live music venues, the COVID Safe Event Protocol will be updated to provide advice to venues on how to safely host live music events, and to seek an exemption for larger audiences.
  • Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) will be permitted to have 75% capacity within each indoor and outdoor space up to 2,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safety Plan endorsed by ACT Health. Events greater than 2,000 people will be required to adhere to requirements within the COVID Safe Event Protocol.
  • GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have 100% capacity for fixed seating, provided events are ticketed and seated and an ACT Health-endorsed COVID Safety Plan is in place for each event. Density for any unfixed seating areas should be calculated using the one person per two square metre rule.
  • Outdoor enclosed venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have 100% capacity for fixed seating events, provided events are ticketed and an appropriate COVID Safety Plan is in place for each event. Density for any unfixed seating areas should be calculated using the one person per two square metres of usable space rule, up to 1,000 people.
  • Venue capacity rules

    • Businesses and venues can have 25 people across the venue. If businesses wish to have more than 25 people, they must apply the one person per two square metres of usable space rule in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
    • All restricted businesses and venues must register for and use the Check In CBR app to collect contact details of all patrons 16 years and over.


    • Please see the COVID Safe Event Protocol.
      • Event organisers for events  between 501 and 1,000 people are required to notify ACT Health and submit their COVID Safety Plan via the online form.
      • Events more than 1,000 people will need an exemption in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol.

    For further industry-specific information, refer to the Business and Work section.

    What are your personal responsibilities

    • Use the Check In CBR app to check in before entering a business or venue, or before being seated. If you don’t have the Check In CBR app you must provide your details to the business or venue so they can check you in.
    • Take personal responsibility for your own COVID safety.
    • Keep 1.5 metres away from people or groups you don’t know, whenever possible.
    • Limit physical greetings like shaking hands, hugging or kissing.
    • Don’t gather in communal areas.
    • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing or sanitising.
    • Clean and disinfect your home and frequently used objects.
    • Stay home if you’re unwell and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Host gatherings outdoors if possible. It is harder for people to maintain physical distance, and there’s less ventilation, in indoor spaces.
    • Follow the restrictions for both the venue and your business’ activity.
    • If you are on a dancefloor or at a nightclub, only dance with your social group and avoid people you don’t know.
    • Monitor travel advice before travelling or inviting friends and family to the ACT.
    • Where possible, avoid using public transport during peak times.
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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: August 02 2021