Entertainment, Live performance, arts and cultural activities

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:

Venue capacity

  • All venues can have 25 people (excluding staff) across the entire venue; OR
  • If venues want to have more than 25 people, venues can use the sum of:
    • one person per four square metres of usable space for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people); and
    • one person per two square metres of usable space for each outdoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people)

Notes on options above:

  • Businesses must not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Maximum capacity excludes staff.
  • No modifications can be made to venues.
  • 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.
  • All performances must be ticketed and seated.

Large venues

  • Theatre-style venues can sell tickets at no more than 50% of the venue capacity, up to a maximum of 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safety Plan for each specific event.
  • Enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have no more than 50% of stadium capacity, up to 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.
  • Organised and guided tours in galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites and outdoor attractions have no cap on numbers.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions or historic sites can apply the appropriate restrictions for each indoor and outdoor space across the venue.
  • Outdoor amusements and attraction sites (such as the National Zoo and Aquarium) can apply the appropriate restrictions for each indoor and outdoor space throughout the venue.

Cinemas and movie theatres

  • Cinemas and movie theatres can sell up to 50% capacity of each theatre, up to 200 people.
  • Open Air Drive-in Cinemas can continue operating with up to 200 vehicles per Drive-In Cinema, per session.

Other

  • Art, dance and music classes or groups are permitted in line with current venue capacity restrictions.
  • Recording or live streaming of performances can take place.
  • Where people spend more time together indoors such as at conventions, venues should consider risk mitigation measures they could put in place when hosting full day conventions.
  • If you would like to hold an event for more than 200 people, please see our new event protocol.

What can’t I do?

  • Choirs need to remain extra vigilant in light of risks associated with singing. Due to recent learnings, congregational singing, during religious services, is discouraged at this time.
  • Choir members must be kept to an absolute minimum and are to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other while singing.
  • Guided tours should not go for longer than two hours.
  • A person who owns, controls or operates a non-essential business or undertaking under the Public Health Direction must not temporarily divide any usable indoor space or usable outdoor space for the purposes of calculating usable space.

What are my responsibilities?

  • All venues must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • All performances must be ticketed and seated.
  • Record first name and phone number of all attendees. Consider using the Check In CBR App, which is free and easy to use.
  • Display a sign specifying maximum occupancy for the full venue as well as each individual usable space. Download the appropriate signs from Business Resources.
  • Manage ingress, egress and queuing of all areas, including for example for food stalls and merchandise stores.
  • Manage flow of people throughout the venue to avoid people congregating in large groups.
  • Clearly display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Consider public transport use to events.
  • Manage food and beverage service – ensure COVID Safety Plan is in place.
  • Follow hospitality guidance for functions and events involving provision of meals.
  • Live performers should try to maintain appropriate physical distancing requirements wherever possible.
  • For live music performances, singers should try to stand at least two metres away from other band members as well as audience members.
  • When Choirs are performing, they must remain at least two metres away from the audience.
  • There should be 1.5 metres between seated groups within cinemas, movie theatres and live performance venues. An individual is counted as being their own group for these purposes.
  • For Open Air Drive-in Cinemas, cars should be parked at least 1.5 metres apart. Businesses should consider allowing patrons to order food online, with delivery to vehicles by catering staff. Where possible, patrons should remain in their vehicles unless using bathroom facilities and no more than 200 people are to congregate in groups outdoors.
  • Venues should increase the frequency cleaning high-touch areas and restroom facilities.
  • Maintain a minimum number of performers and support crew.
  • Staff or performers should stay home if they are unwell.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • There should be 1.5 metres between seated groups within cinemas, movie theatres and live performance venues. An individual is counted as being their own group for these purposes.
  • For Open Air Drive-in Cinemas, cars should be parked at least 1.5 metres apart. Businesses should consider allowing patrons to order food online, with delivery to vehicles by catering staff. Where possible, patrons should remain in their vehicles unless using bathroom facilities and no more than 200 people are to congregate in groups outdoors.
  • Venues should increase the frequency cleaning high-touch areas and restroom facilities.
  • Maintain a minimum number of performers and support crew.
  • Staff or performers should stay home if they are unwell.

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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Last Updated: October 14 2020