COVID safe events

Events are important to our community; they create jobs, provide entertainment and keep people connected to their community.

The ACT Government is seeking to support the safe return of events across the ACT.

From 12 November  2021:

  • Organised indoor events can proceed with one person per two square metres for each indoor space,.
  • The COVID Safe Event Guidance sets out density limits for outdoor spaces, where these are required.

Exemptions will be required for events greater than 2000 people or where exemptions from other aspects of the Public Health Direction are required.

Events greater than 1000 people must submit their COVID Safety Plan to ACT Health for review via the online form.

COVID Safe Event Guidance

All event organisers in the ACT are required to develop a COVID Safety Plan for each of their events. The COVID Safety Plan must be in writing and produced on request by compliance and enforcement officers.

To assist, COVID Safe Event Guidance material and a COVID Safe Event checklist have been developed to provide critical information to event organisers.

The ACT Government does not require the use of a standard template for event organisers to use in developing their COVID Safety Plan. The plan must be able to be produced on request by a compliance or enforcement officer.

Notifying and seeking an exemption for an event

Please use this online form to seek Notify ACT Health of your event if between 1001 to 2000 people, or to seek an exemption for events between over 2,000 people or if your event falls outside of the Public Health Directions.

You can submit your application for an exemption from the Chief Health Officer at the same time as seeking other relevant approvals from other regulatory bodies.

Making your application

Please ensure your application for an exemption has all the required paperwork filled in correctly to ensure it can be considered quickly.

If your event is straight forward, you can expect a response within 10 working days. However, we do request you allow up to 3 weeks for a response.

If you are not granted an exemption for your event, you will be provided with a reason for the decision. Review or reassessment provisions will be outlined in correspondence provided to you.

You should not hold an event in a public space with more than 2000 people without an exemption, as penalties may apply.

Remember - the situation could change

Large events can be high risk, so event organisers should be aware of the changing nature of COVID-19 in all jurisdictions.

The public health directions may also be tightened or eased before your event goes ahead, either allowing you to have more or less people at your event.

Please consider how this would impact your event, and whether you can upscale or downscale your event to adhere to new restrictions.

If the COVID-19 situation in the ACT worsens, your event may need to be changed or postponed, even if an exemption has already been granted. This could be due to:

  • increased cases of COVID-19 community transmission in the ACT
  • concerns or issues from other large events that have been held in the ACT
  • the situation in other jurisdictions.

If your exemption needs to be withdrawn, you will be contacted by the Office of the Chief Health Officer.

If you do wish to make any changes to event numbers, you must contact ACT Health.

COVID-related event resources

A range of resources have been prepared to support event organisers and educate attendees/participants of COVID-safe behaviour.

Posters

For other business resources and posters please visit the ACT Government Business Hub.

For more information contact covidexemptions.events@act.gov.au

Should you wish to change the details of your event after an exemption is permitted, you will need to seek permission from the Office of the Chief Health Officer by emailing covidexemptions.events@act.gov.au.

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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 11 2021