What you can do

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.

What you can do

  • There is no limit on household visitors.
  • All gatherings can be a maximum of 500 people, where the following can be observed:
    • one person per four square metres of usable space indoors; and
    • one person per two square metres of usable space outdoors.

For further information, see venue capacity section  below.

  • Patrons in outdoors spaces can stand while eating and drinking; however, they are strongly encouraged to remain in their groups and should not mingle with people they do not know.
  • Large theatre-style venues, and enclosed outdoor venues with tiered seating and grandstands, can have ticketed events up to 50% capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safety Plan for each event.
  • GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have crowds of no more than 50% of stadium capacity with an appropriate COVID Safety Plan in place for each event.
  • Cinemas and movie theatres can sell up to 50% capacity of each theatre, up to 500 people.
  • Sports and fitness activities are permitted, with gyms now open and community sports allowed within group limits.
  • Domestic travel to and from the ACT is not restricted, except to and from Victoria. If leaving the ACT, be sure to follow the rules in the jurisdiction you are in.

Venue capacity

Three venue capacity rules apply, subject to density restrictions being met:

  • Option 1: 25 people (excluding staff) across venues with a total usable space of 100 square metres or less.
  • Option 2 [For hospitality venues only]: 50 people (excluding staff) across venues with total usable space of between 101 and 200 square metres.
  • Option 3: Venues 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.

Note: Businesses must not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.


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.

What businesses need to do

What are your personal responsibilities

  • Take personal responsibility for your own COVID safety.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people or groups you don’t know whenever possible.
  • Limit physical greetings like shaking hands, hugging or kissing.
  • Don’t gather in communal areas.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing or sanitising.
  • Clean and disinfect your home and frequently used objects.
  • Stay home if you’re unwell and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Host gatherings outdoors if possible. It is harder to for people to maintain physical distance and there’s less ventilation in indoor spaces.
  • Follow the restrictions for both the venue and your organisation’s activity.
  • Monitor travel advice before travelling or inviting friends and family to the ACT.
  • 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.
  • Where possible, avoid using public transport during peak times.

Economic support

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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 26 2020