Casinos, Gaming and Gambling Venues

In line with Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions, Step 2.2 restrictions are currently in place.

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. The changes apply from 9am on Monday 10 August 2020.

Stage 3, Step 3.1 Restriction easing to come in effect 9am Monday 10 August

What can I do?

  • From 9am on Monday 10 August 2020, casinos and gaming facilities in clubs can reopen and the current arrangements of one person per 4 square metres of usable space applies, up to a maximum of 100 patrons in each indoor space and each outdoor space (excluding staff).
  • Betting agencies (such as TAB and Keno) can continue to operate in line with current venue occupancy restrictions.

What can’t I do?

  • 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.
  • Self-serve buffet style food service, communal snack bars or communal condiments are not permitted.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Venues must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Venues must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue as well as display additional signs with area occupancy for separate individual spaces.
  • Venues are required to ask all patrons present for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the venue. Details can be securely destroyed after 28 days.
  • Venues should increase cleaning of high touch areas (for example shared entertainment facilities such as electronic gaming machines) and restroom facilities.
  • Venues should clearly display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Venues should carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of visitors through their premises to avoid people congregating in large groups.
  • Establish processes to ensure that patrons do not remain within the same space for more than two hours.
  • Venues should encourage patrons not to congregate or mingle within the premises, and to leave as quickly as possible.
  • The spacing between active gaming machines should allow patrons to be able to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.  This may mean that venues only turn on every second machine to allow 1.5 metres between patrons to be observed.  Alternatively, venues may wish to physically move gaming machines to be distanced 1.5 metres apart. The erection of screening between gaming machines (such as Perspex screens) by venues as a replacement of spacing requirements is not permitted.
  • In addition to this physical distancing requirement, venues also need to determine the person density requirement for their venue on the basis of the one person per 4 square metre rule.
  • If venues are considering moving gaming machines from their existing gaming area, they should contact Access Canberra first to ensure that this is undertaken in accordance with gaming legislation.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • Patrons should remain seated as much as possible.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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.
  • You should also download the COVIDSafe app and ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes.
  • 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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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: August 07 2020