Casinos, Gaming and Gambling 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 Friday 9 October 2020:

  • Prepare a COVID Safety Plan.
  • 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 as the space people can freely move around in, but not including:
    • stages and similar areas
    • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays
    • staff-only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • No modifications can be made to venues.
  • Betting agencies (such as TAB and Keno) can continue to open.

What can’t I do?

  • Patrons should not congregate and groups should not mingle with other groups.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • Venues must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Display a sign specifying maximum occupancy for the full venue as well as for each individual usable space.  Download the appropriate signs from Business Resources.
  • Manage ingress, egress and queuing of all areas.
  • Clearly display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Manage flow of people throughout the venue to avoid people congregating in large groups.
  • 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.
  • Venues should clearly display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Venues should increase cleaning of high-touch areas (for example shared entertainment facilities such as electronic gaming machines) and restroom facilities.
  • Establish processes to ensure that patrons do not remain within the same space for more than two hours.
  • 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 recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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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Last Updated: October 09 2020