Adult venues

Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect at 9am Friday 9 October 2020. To find out more check the Business and Work page.

What can I do?

From 9am on Friday 9 October 2020:

  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan.
  • All venues, facilities and businesses can have 25 people (excluding staff) across the entire venue; OR
  • If venues want to have more than 25 people, venues can use the one person per four square metres of usable space rule for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people).
  • Usable space is defined in the Public Health Direction as the space that people can freely move around in, but not including the following areas:
    • stages and similar areas;
    • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas;
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays; and
    • staff-only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • Display a sign specifying maximum occupancy for the full venue .
  • Record first name and phone number of all attendees. Consider using the Check In CBR App which is free and easy for businesses to use.
  • Manage ingress, egress and queuing of all areas.
  • Ensure seating in waiting areas complies with physical distancing of 1.5 metres and rearrange if needed.
  • Venues are responsible for ensuring there is appropriate distancing between patrons queuing to enter the premises.
  • Clearly display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.

What can’t I do?

  • Businesses must not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Patrons should not stand around while drinking or eating. They must remain seated either at the bar (away from the area where orders are taken) or at a table.
  • Patrons should not stand around while drinking. They must remain seated either at the bar (away from the area where orders are taken) or at a table.
  • Do not attend a venue if you are unwell.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Venues need a COVID Safety Plan. Guidelines are available to help premises develop their Plan.
  • Venues must clearly display occupancy allowance at the venue entrance. Download the appropriate signs from Business Resources.
  • Refer to FAQs for licensed bars where appropriate.
  • Ensure seating in waiting areas complies with physical distancing of 1.5 metres, wherever possible, and rearrange if needed.
  • Venues are required to ask all patrons for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the venue. Details should be securely destroyed after 28 days. Electronic recording of these details is preferred. Consider using the free Check In CBR app for a safe and easy way to capture these details.
  • Venues need to carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of visitors through their premises to maintain physical distancing.
  • Venues should increase cleaning of high touch areas and other facilities.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Limit the time at a venue to less than two hours and stay in one part of the venue as much as possible.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Download the Check In CBR app and sign into participating Canberra venues you visit.

What does the public need to know?

  • Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes. Download the Check In CBR app to use at participating venues across Canberra.
  • Be sensible when you have people over at your residence and have your own control measures in place. Know who is there and at what times, download the COVIDSafe app, join Flu Tracker and participate in important YourSay Community Panel engagements and health surveys that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.
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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: October 09 2020