Stage 3, Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan includes minor and cautious changes to COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT for some sectors that have been closed since March.
Step 3.1 changes came into effect at 9am on Monday 10 August 2020, followed by some minor amendments which sought to clarify existing arrangements, made on 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 September 2020.
From 9am on Friday 18 September 2020, smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses can return to their pre-COVID capacity, with a maximum of 25 people (excluding staff) across the whole venue. Businesses must not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy
loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
If venues want to have more than 25 people they should use the one person per 4 square metres of useable space rule up to 100 people per each indoor and outdoor space.
What you can do
- There is no limit on household visitation
- Public gatherings can be a maximum of 100 people (excluding staff, trainers and spectators), with one person per 4 square metres of usable space in both indoor and outdoor spaces (whichever is lesser).
- Many businesses can now operate with some restrictions, the latest advice is available at the Business and Work page.
- Retail shops, restaurants and cafés, food courts, pubs and clubs, casinos, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and personal services (hairdressers, beauty salons, therapeutic massage) can open.
- Sports and fitness activities are also permitted, with gyms now open and community sports allowed within group limits.
- Domestic travel to and from the ACT has been impacted - if leaving the ACT be sure to follow the rules in the jurisdiction you are in.
- Further detailed information can be found on our Changes to Restrictions page.
What you need to do
- Restrictions have eased, but your responsibility hasn’t.
- Be sure to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.
- If you are have any symptoms of COVID-19 – temperature above 37.5 degrees or a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath) – then get tested for COVID-19.
- There are a range of initiatives in place to support the economic recovery of the ACT.