Groups and gatherings

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.

Gatherings at home

There are no limits on visits to your home.

You still need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres and practise good hygiene.

Do not visit someone else’s house if you or they are feeling unwell.

Host gatherings outdoors if possible. It is harder for people to maintain physical distance and there’s less ventilation in indoor spaces.

While there are no longer restrictions for household visits, we must all be sensible when having people to our homes and put in place control measures.

This includes knowing who is there and at what times, downloading the COVIDSafe app, which is free and easy to use and joining Flu Tracker and participating in important Your Say Community Panel engagements that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.

Gatherings in public

All gatherings can have a maximum of 500 people where the following can be observed:

  • one person per four square metres of usable space in indoor spaces; and one person per two square metres of usable space in outdoor spaces.

If people wish to hold gatherings of greater than 500 people, they must seek an exemption in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol.

People organising events should see the COVID Safe Event Protocol.

  • 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 will need an exemption in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol.

Find out more about gatherings in hospitality venues

Find out more about gatherings in entertainment venues including live performance, arts and cultural activities.

Find out more about gatherings for wedding, funerals and worship.

Find out more about gatherings at community sport events.

For gatherings in other venues, please visit the Business and Work section.

For information about public transport, please visit the Transport page.

Advice for attending public events and gatherings

When attending an event or gathering, you still need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from people you don’t know wherever possible and practise good hygiene.

If you choose to use open public spaces, it is your responsibility to maintain physical distancing measures.

Use your judgement and leave a site or event if it is too crowded and the distancing requirements cannot be followed.

Do not attend an event or gathering if you are feeling unwell.

Some people are at more risk of serious illness from COVID-19 than others and should take extra precautions to stay safe.

The Protect yourself page has more information about staying safe if you are at risk.

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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