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Current restrictions in force as part of Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan are outlined in the page below.

To find out more check the Changes to Restrictions page.

Restrictions

Step 3.2 - Updated 9 October 2020

What you need to do

  • Take reasonable steps to prevent gatherings occurring in the shared areas of the premises, such as the lifts, gym and pool areas.
  • Where a pool is in a body corporate-managed building a COVID Safety Plan is required and there must be:
    • one person per four square metres of usable space for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people); and
    • one person per two square metres of usable space for each outdoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people).
  • Where a gym is located within a body corporate-managed building a COVID Safety Plan is required and there must be a maximum of 25 people across the entire venue, or one person per four square metres of usable space for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people).
  • Take reasonable steps to arrange appropriate and increased cleaning of equipment in shared areas.
  • Find out more about the latest restriction changes on the changes to restrictions page.
  • If you would like to hold an event for more than 200 people, please see our new event protocol.

All businesses must maintain

  • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres where possible – for more information visit the Protect yourself page.
  • Good hygiene – find out more on the Protect yourself page.
  • Signage that clearly displays occupancy allowance at entrance to each venue or space. Download the maximum capacity signage that best suits the needs of your venue at our Business resources page.
  • Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection – download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist for more information.

Further advice

  • Public Health Directions are in place that legislate how businesses can operate. It is important you are up to date with the latest Public Health Directions. If you don’t comply with a Public Health Direction, you may be fined.
  • Consider using the Check In CBR App, which is free and easy for venues to use.
  • See the Keeping safe at work section  for more information on how to keep people safe.

Information for businesses

Financial support

The ACT Government is continuing to support the ACT community as we begin to cautiously reopen our society and economy and learn to interact as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Visit the Supporting local businesses page for the full detail of the support available for businesses and eligibility requirements.

Find out what else the ACT Government is doing to support Canberrans on the Economic Survival Package page.

Find out more about the Commonwealth Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus on the Treasury website.

Keeping safe at work

Body corporates should post signs reminding people about physical distancing in shared spaces.

The ACT currently has Public Health Directions in place that legislate how businesses can operate. It is important you are up to date with the latest Public Health Directions.

If you don’t comply with a Public Health Direction, you may be fined.

Download these posters to help guide customers and staff:

Find out more about applying the one person per 4 square metres rule by downloading the factsheet.

Safe Work Australia has a guide to assist employers to meet their work health and safety duties in relation to COVID-19.

You can download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist to assist with implementing health and hygiene measures at your workplace.

Other resources are available to download as part of the Signs and factsheets page.

More information about infection control for businesses can be found at the infection control training and resources page.

Download the ACT Health advice for employers and employees about managing COVID-19 health risks as restriction measures lift.

Check out the case studies to see how local businesses are ensuring they operate safely.

Support at work

Where it works for your business and employees, working from home is still encouraged at this time.

If your staff cannot work from home, physical distancing and good hygiene practices should be maintained.

Visit the Protect yourself page and the Signs and factsheets page for more information.

Find out more about how you can support your employees by downloading the How to support your employees during COVID-19 fact sheet.

To find out more about your obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, visit the Work, Health and Safety and COVID-19 page on the Access Canberra website.

For further industry specific advice, visit the Safework Australia website.

A new, free, and dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now available to support all Australians to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing. Visit the Mental health and wellbeing page for more information.

Information for employees

Financial support

The ACT Government is providing practical support, such as rebates and the freezing of some government fees to reduce pressure on household budgets.

Visit the Supporting families and household page for more information on these measures.

For those who have lost their job, or who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, the Jobs for Canberrans Fund provides work opportunities for people in the casual or semi-skilled workforce.

You can also read about everything else the ACT Government is doing to support the ACT Economy on the Economic Survival package page.

Casual and part-time workers have been among the hardest hit with widespread unemployment across a range of sectors.

A Hardship Fund for workers experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic will be created to support Canberrans who are unable to temporarily work under a COVID-19 direction or health guidance.

They will be eligible payments of up to $1,500 depending on an individual’s circumstances (such as available sick leave through their employer). More information including details on how to access the payment will be available soon.

Keeping safe at work

Physical distancing and good hygiene practices should be maintained.

Visit the Protect yourself page and the Signs and factsheets page for more information.

Find out more about applying the one person per 4-square metres rule by downloading the factsheet.

You can download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist to assist with implementing health and hygiene measures at your workplace.

Other resources are available to download as part of the Signs and factsheets page.

More information about infection control for businesses can be found at the infection control training and resources page.

To help manage your COVID-19 health risk, you may want to develop your own COVID-19 action plan. A COVID-19 action plan template can be found at the Department of Health website.

Download the ACT Health advice for employers and employees about managing COVID-19 health risks as restriction measures lift.

Check out the case studies to see how local businesses are ensuring they operate safely.

Support at work

Where it works for you and your employer, working from home is still encouraged at this time.

If you are unable to work from home, physical distancing and good hygiene practices should be maintained.

Visit the Protect yourself page and the Signs and factsheets page for more information.

To find out more about what you can do to keep yourself safe at work, and your employer’s obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, visit the Work, Health and Safety and COVID-19 page on the Access Canberra website.

For further industry specific advice, visit Safework Australia.

It is important to remember that if you cannot work from home and you are sick, you must not attend your workplace.

You must stay at home and away from others. You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. Read more about the symptoms on the Symptoms and getting tested page.

A new, free, and dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now available to support all Australians to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing. Visit the Mental health and wellbeing page for more information.

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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: October 13 2020