09 October 2020

The ACT has moved to Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, as of 9am Friday 9 October.

This move has enacted a number of changes to COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT. These are:

  • Outdoor spaces can now support a density of one person per two square metres (indoor spaces remain at one per four square metres).
  • All gatherings can increase to 200 people, where one person per four square metres of usable space can be maintained in indoor spaces, and one person per two square metres of usable space in outdoor spaces.
  • Medium-sized hospitality venues with total usable space between 101 and 200 square metres can have 50 people throughout the venue (excluding staff). If they wish to have more than 50 people they can calculate their capacity based on the one per four square metres of usable indoor space and one per two square metres of outdoor space rule.
  • Large indoor seated venues (for example, Canberra Theatre and Llewellyn Hall) can have ticketed events of no more than 50% capacity, up to 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safe Plan for each specific event.
  • Cinemas and movie theatres can sell up to 50% capacity of each theatre, up to 200 people.
  • Enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have no more than 50% capacity, up to 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safe Plan for each event.
  • GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have crowds of no more than 50% capacity with an appropriate COVID Safe Plan in place for each event.

These settings will be in place for four weeks while the Chief Health Officer assesses their impact on the ACT’s COVID-19 situation. The next COVID Safe Checkpoint will be conducted on 6 November 2020.

The changes coming into effect with Step 3.2 are underpinned by the following public health principles:

  • There is considerable evidence that outdoor spaces present a lower risk of transmission of COVID-19 compared to indoor spaces.
  • Seated and ticketed events, where movement and face to face interactions are limited, can support increased gathering numbers.
  • A continuing increase in uptake by business and undertakings of electronic recording of contact details to better assist in contact tracing.
  • Businesses, venues, facilities, and events having well established COVID Safety Plans in place, which address how they manage physical distancing, crowd control, cleaning and hygiene requirements.

We are now strongly recommending that businesses, venues and facilities that are required to ask for customer details for contact tracing purposes use an electronic method to collect this information. The free Check In CBR app is available to fulfil this requirement.

The Check In CBR app is easy to use, reduces the administrative load on businesses and organisations and will ensure the ACT is in the best position possible to respond to an outbreak if it occurs.

For further information on the restrictions in place as part of Step 3.2 restrictions, see our Changes to restrictions page.