Casinos, gaming and gambling venues

Factsheet – Casinos, gaming and gambling venues

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

Changes to restrictions are scheduled to come into effect at 9am Wednesday 2 December 2020. To find out more check the Changes to Restrictions page.

Capacity of venue

This information is for all casinos, gaming and gambling venues.

  • Each venue can have 25 people across the entire venue OR
  • If a venue wants to have more than 25 people, it can have:
    • one person per four square metres of usable space in each indoor space (excluding staff)
    • one person per two square metres of usable space in each outdoor space (excluding staff)
    • maximum of 500 people for each space

Notes on options above

  • This capacity excludes staff.
  • Do not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Do not temporarily divide any usable indoor space or usable outdoor space for the purposes of calculating usable space.
  • Usable space is defined as the space people can freely move around in; it does not include:
    • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays
    • stages and similar areas
    • staff-only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • An indoor space means an area, room or premises that is, or are, substantially enclosed by a roof and have floor to ceiling walls of solid construction.

Events

  • Please see the COVID Safe Event Protocol.
    • Event organisers for events for between 201 and 500 people are required to notify ACT Health and submit their COVID Safe plan (via the online form).
    • Events over 500 people require an exemption in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol.
What businesses need to do
  • Have a COVID Safety Plan
  • Collect contact details
  • Put up signs
    • Display a sign at the entrance saying how many people can be on the premises.
    • Place signs at the entry to each usable space saying how many people can be in that space.
    • Display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
    • Find the signage that best suits your venue/event at our Business resources page.
  • Keep activities COVID-safe
    • Live music is permitted, but performers should stand at least 2 metres away from the patrons and try to keep 1.5 metres from each other.
    • Dancing is not permitted.
    • Space gaming machines so patrons can maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres. Erecting screening between gaming machines (such as Perspex screens) to replace spacing requirements is not permitted. If moving gaming machines from their existing gaming area, please contact Access Canberra first to ensure you comply with gaming legislation.
    • Frequently clean shared entertainment facilities such as gaming machines.
    • Events for more than 500 people are required to have an exemption under the Event Protocol.
  • Serve food and drinks in a COVID-safe way
  • Manage the crowd
    • Manage the flow of people through the venue to promote physical distancing, particularly where people enter and leave the venue and different areas.
    • Do not let patrons stay in the same space for more than two hours.
    • Request patrons remain seated unless it is unreasonable and impracticable (for example, walking in and out of the venue, using restroom facilities or doing activities).
    • Encourage groups of people in queues and open areas who do not know each other to keep 1.5 metres apart.
    • Prevent people from congregating or mingling in large groups.
  • Keep COVID safe
    • Follow your COVID Safety Plan.
    • Clean high-touch areas and objects frequently; for example, menus, railings, bars, chairs, restrooms and gaming machines - see the WorkSafe cleaning checklist for more information.
    • Ask staff and patrons to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
What the public need to do
  • Take personal responsibility for your own safety.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people or groups you don’t know.
  • Remain seated whenever possible.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing or sanitising.
  • Stay home if you’re unwell and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Provide your name and contact number for contact tracing purposes.
  • Download the Check In CBR app so it’s easy to sign into participating Canberra venues when you visit.
Follow Public Health Directions
  • The Public Health Directions legislate how businesses can operate during the Public Health Emergency. Please keep up to date with the latest Public Health Directions because you may be fined if you don’t comply with them.
Other advice and tools
Contacts
Recovery 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.

Businesses in this sector may be eligible to receive:

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.

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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: November 13 2020